A vibrant new trailer designed by the children of Derian House Children’s Hospice was unveiled to smiles and cheers from hospice staff and children on Monday (30 October 2023).
Tiger Trailers, of Cheshire, wanted to join in with the hospice’s 30th anniversary celebrations by raising money for the charity that cares for 400 families each year – with their ‘Hire it for Derian’ campaign.
The company’s birthday-themed trailer features a QR code to encourage donations when out on the road, and Tiger Trailers will be donating the proceeds from those who loan the truck – taking it high and low across the country.
The children’s faces beamed with excitement when they saw that their designs had been brought to life at the official unveiling of the new trailer.
And that’s not all, the youngsters had the chance to meet two very special guests – Derian House’s mascot, Danni, and Tiger Trailers’ very own Tiger Ted.
One youngster, Mia, displayed a huge smile when she spotted her own design on the side of the trailer.
Mia has a life-limiting condition and has been visiting Derian House for two years, along with her mum Jennifer.
Jennifer Ellis, of Swinton, Manchester, said: “I love the new Derian House trailer! I think it’s brilliant that Tiger Trailers have used the designs made by Derian children because it makes it so much more personal. It’s a really nice touch. I loved seeing Mia’s design on there. I’m sure it will catch everyone’s attention on its travels – the more people that know about Derian House and the more people that donate, the better. It’s an incredible place.”
Derian House is a charity that looks after 400 children with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.
Alison Cartwright, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Tiger Trailers, said: “We are all overwhelmed by the final design – the children’s artwork is amazing. We just know that anyone who looks at this trailer will be moved by what Derian House does for its families. We hope it will raise plenty of vital funding for this fantastic charity.”
Ellie Smith, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “It was great to see how the truck brought smiles to our children and families. We are hugely grateful to Tiger Trailers for their amazing support and generosity. The truck looks fantastic and the awareness it will bring will make a huge difference for our families.
“It will cost us £6 million to run services at Derian House in 2023, so we rely heavily on the generosity of our incredible supporters like this.”
Based in Chorley, the hospice cares for more than 400 babies, children, young people and their families from across the North West and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.