Who We Help

At Derian House Children’s Hospice we help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.

We provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

When families come to Derian for respite stays, our nurses take the strain of the medical side of the care, giving them the time and space to just be a family making happy memories.

At Derian, our staff pride themselves on getting to know the unique needs of every single child and their family, so we can meet their individual support needs. This could include respite care, support for siblings, fun days out, friendship with others in a similar situation, or bereavement counselling for as long as they need it.

Families also love coming to use our hydrotherapy pool, attending music therapy sessions, playgroup, coffee mornings and visits from our pet therapy dogs.

Despite the nature of our work, Derian House is not a sad place; our corridors are full of joy and laughter as we do everything in our power to make sure our children and their families make precious memories together.

At Derian, we look after the whole family – with support services for siblings, parents and grandparents.

Millie’s Story

Millie was born with a complex medical condition which meant she needed round-the-clock care.

In 2015 her family received the devastating news that their beloved Millie also suffered from a condition which would make it unlikely she would survive past the age of five.

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

Millie sadly died at Derian House, in January 2019. Derian House continues to be there supporting her loving family.

Since her diagnosis, Millie visited Derian House with mum Emma and baby brother Oliver. It was a chance for Emma to relax, safe in the knowledge that Millie was being cared for by specialist, loving staff, and for Oliver to have fun with Derian’s dedicated sibling support team.

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

The family also held a Pink Butterfly Ball at Preston North End 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. It was just to say thank you.”

In 2018, Emma was shortlisted for BBC Radio Lancashire’s Carer of the Year Award in their Community Hero Awards, and attended a special award ceremony at Preston Guild Hall.

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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