Derian House History

Derian House Children’s Hospice has been looking after seriously ill children for nearly 30 years.

The name Derian comes from a combination of the names of brothers Derek and Ian Haydock. The Haydock family helped found the hospice after struggling to access services for Derek, who lived with a life-limiting condition. The legacy of the Haydock family and their vision lives on in the name of the hospice.

Margaret Vinten was a pivotal role in moving Ian and Derek’s dream forward. She took over the helm, looking for a suitable site and after searching across Lancashire, she found the perfect location in Astley Village. As well as helping to design the hospice, she also oversaw the building work.

She was the driving force behind the fund-raising campaign to raise capital for the project, recruiting the support of friends, benefactors, celebrities, companies and organisations throughout the region. With their help, she succeeded in driving forward the highly successful capital appeal. The completed hospice was opened by the Duchess of Norfolk, Lavinia Fitzalan-Howard on October 11th 1993.

Today the charity cares for more than 400 babies, children and young people from across Lancashire, South Cumbria and Greater Manchester.

We are proud to provide Outstanding care and in our most recent inspection by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) (our regulator) which tool place in the Autumn of 2019 we were rated Outstanding . In the same year we also won the national Just Giving Awards Charity of the Year.

In 2021 it will cost £5 million to run services at Derian House. With just 12% of this coming from government funding, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.