There’s ‘snow’ place like Derian House – the North West Children’s hospice has a festive calendar packed full of events with plenty of ways for supporters to get involved.
Each year the Chorley charity goes all-out to celebrate the Christmas season to raise vital funds, as well as spreading joy for the 400 babies, children, and young people that it cares for.
First off on the Christmas list is “Deck the Halls” – the event that will see homes across the North West untangle their fairy lights to create show-stopping light displays outside their homes throughout December.
Derian House will be sharing a map of all the homes involved so that families can take the Deck the Halls tour and donate to help raise money for its children and young people.
Supporters can also help turn the hospice grounds into a winter wonderland in the Trees of Love festive event. In return for a £100 donation, supporters can sponsor a 6ft Nordmann fir Christmas tree at the hospice – along with a special memorial plaque or message to a loved one, community group or business.
December will also see the return of Derian House’s annual “Lights of Love” concert being held at Blackburn Cathedral on Friday, 1 December at 7.30pm. The service includes festive readings, Christmas carols and performances by The Rawstorne Singers and The Local Vocals Choir. Tickets are free, but must be booked at www.derianhouse.co.uk
And after Christmas the opportunities to support Derian House continue with a Christmas tree recycling service for just £15 per tree. Every Christmas tree recycled by the charity will be used in an environmental project to protect the sand dunes on the Fylde coast.
Mick Croskery, Head of Income Generation at Derian House, said: “We have a calendar packed full of festive cheer for anyone who wants to get involved. Whether it’s decorating your home for Deck the Halls, dedicating a Tree of Love, or recycling your tree – it all goes towards vital care for Derian’s children and families.
“It costs £6 million to run services at Derian House with under 30% of this coming from statutory sources and the rest coming our incredible supporters.”
Get involved with Deck the Halls for Derian House: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/events/deck-the-halls/
Find out more about Trees of Love and how you can dedicate a Christmas tree to a loved one: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/events/trees-of-love/
Reserve a spot at the Lights of Love service in December: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/events/lights-of-love-2023/
If you would like to recycle your Christmas tree with Derian House, fill out the form: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/events/tree-recycle/