Who We Help

We acknowledge how difficult it is for families to accept that a children’s hospice may be the right place to complement the care and support a family need when a child or young person has a life limiting condition.

At Derian House we offer care and support to the whole family in the hospice, the lodge or in the family home through our ‘Derian at Home’ team. Our aim is to share the physical and emotional demands that we know comes from providing constant care to a seriously ill child.

We have self contained flats that enable parents, carers, and siblings to stay so you do not have to leave your child. We also welcome children and young people on their own to allow families to catch up on things back home.

Our care and support is flexible and we work with each family to find out what suits their needs.

Millie’s Story

Millie Bell was born with a complex medical condition which means she needs round-the-clock care.

Two-and-a-half years ago her family received the devastating news that their beloved Millie also suffered from a condition which meant she was unlikely to survive past the age of five.

The four-year-old with a beaming smile and a love of pink butterflies has earned the nickname ‘warrior princess’ from grandad Paul as she continues to defy predictions about her future.

Several times the family have rallied to her bedside after being told she may not last the night.

But brave Millie just keeps on fighting. And Derian House is there every step of the way to keep supporting her loving family.

Millie comes to Derian House for respite stays with mum Emma and 16-month-old baby brother Oliver. It’s a chance for Emma to relax, safe in the knowledge that Millie is being cared for by specialist, loving staff, and for Oliver to have fun with Derian’s dedicated sibling support team.

Millie also receives support from the Derian at Home team, who pay regular visits to her Leyland home.

The family also held a Pink Butterfly Ball at Preston North End last November, in which they raised more than £4,500 for Derian House.

“It was just us trying to give something back,” said Emma. “For all the help and support we get and Millie gets. It was just to say thank you.”

Emma was recently shortlisted for BBC Radio Lancashire’s Carer of the Year Award in their Community Hero Awards, and was due to attend a special award ceremony at Preston Guild Hall on September 16.

As for Mille, the sweet-natured four-year-old continues to battle on, enjoying her stays at Derian – particularly the regular music sessions.

Meet the family support team

The team is led by our Clinical Lead, and includes; children’s nurses who have worked in a variety of settings, physiotherapists, play specialists, clinical support workers, learning disability nurses, music therapists, pet therapy, social worker, family support worker, youth worker and four local GPs, who provide day to day medical care.

For any questions relating to care matters at Derian House, please contact a member of the care team on 01257 233 300.

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