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Families flock to Stars & Cars 2019

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Thousands came to meet their heroes – and all for a good cause – at the glittering Stars & Cars event, held today at Bolton Arena.

Soap stars Nikki Sanderson and Nicole Barber-Lane from Hollyoaks, and Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw from Coronation Street), were joined by the likes of Cold Feet actor John Thompson, Gladiator Saracen and Eggheads Barry Simmons and Pat Gibson, to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Out in force were also characters from movie favourites including Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and even The Stig from Top Gear made an appearance.

Eight-year-old Charlie Carter, who visited the event with dad David, said: “It’s been really good. My favourite thing has been seeing the Batmobile Tumblr. It was awesome.”

The Stars & Cars event also saw families getting up close to their favourite vehicles from the big screen, including the Batmobile, Optimus Prime, Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, Maverick’s bike from Top Gun, and even Lightning McQueen from Disney’s Cars.

For Game of Thrones fans there was the chance to sit in the iron throne and meet Khaleesi, and live music fans were treated to Queen classics by a Freddie Mercury tribute artist.

World record-holding freestyle footballer and CBBC TV presenter John Farnworth was on hand to wow the crowd with his awesome skills, and Disney princesses posed for photographs with star-struck boys and girls.

Organiser Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “This year’s Stars & Cars event has been the biggest and best yet. It just keeps getting better every year. We’ve had a sell-out crowd and it’s been amazing seeing the children’s faces when they meet their favourite stars.
“Organising the event takes and incredible amount of work from a lot of people and I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have given up their time to come today to help raise money for the children and young people at Derian House – you’ve done them proud.”
Stars & Cars 2016 and 2017 events raised almost £20,000 for the charity.

Spoil mum at vintage glam Ladies Lunch

TICKETS are now on sale for the annual Derian House Children’s Hospice Ladies Lunch.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event is the perfect chance to spoil mum with a delicious three-course meal and a glass of fizz, whilst raising money for local children and young people.

Billed as “fashion, fizz and fabulousness”, the glamorous event will take place on Thursday, 16 May, 2019, at Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan.

The vintage-themed do will be compered by Adam Parker Brown and includes boutique stalls, live entertainment and a fashion show from Novello’s of Preston, for just £40 a ticket.

And like all good parties, every guest will leave with a goodie bag packed with L’Oreal make-up and skincare, Melt candles and hair products from Jo and Cass.

Guests will get the chance to bid on star prizes in the charity auction, including a burlesque day with cabaret queen Kiki DeVille, a Porsche for a weekend, and training sessions with world champion boxer Jack Catterall.

Entertainment will be provided by Tipitina, delivering red hot and rocking music from New Orleans.

Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “The Ladies Lunch has always been a great day out and this year is no different. With a new venue, great entertainment and fantastic prizes in our grand raffle, this is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends and have some fun, knowing that you’re making a difference to the lives of Lancashire children and young people.”

Reception drinks are from 11am, with lunch served at 12.30pm. Dress code is smart – so guests are invited to dress to impress!

Now in its 11th year, the Ladies Lunch is the perfect opportunity to get glammed up for a day to remember, all in aid of Derian House.

The hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to 350 children and young people from across the North West, and needs to raise £4million every year to continue.

For tickets, please call 01257 271271 or visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/ladies-lunch.

Major makeover for children’s hospice

WORK has begun on a £1.2 million refurbishment of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The charity, which cares for more than 400 children, young people and their families from across the North West, will be installing cutting-edge technology to keep up with the changing needs of its users, as part of the major project.

The “Fit for the Future” scheme will see communal areas opened up to be lighter, brighter and more flexible.

A brand new accessible family cinema will be built, able to cater for people in wheelchairs or medical beds, and will show all the latest blockbusters and even serve hotdogs and popcorn.

The sensory room – a therapeutic space with special lighting and music much-loved by children with limited communication skills – will be made more than three times bigger, and the young adult’s part of the hospice (known as The Lodge) will be given a cool new look.

A brand new Sunflower Suite, specially designed for babies to lay at rest before their funeral, will be created, with an adjoining lounge to allow families to spend as much time as they need to saying goodbye.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Our Fit for the Future project is all about creating better spaces to meet the ever-changing needs of our children and young people.

“The hospice was built 25 years ago, and at the time was at the forefront of the sector. Now, due to advances in medicine and technology, some of our youngsters with complex conditions are able to live longer, which means they can require a higher level of support and care and our building needs to reflect this.

“We’re going to remove corridors and make it much lighter and brighter, much more fun! The staff, children and young people are really excited, and so am I. It’s going to really put us on the map and be a huge stepping stone in our goal to be the UK’s leading hospice for children.

“We’ve got everyone involved, and will be asking all the staff and our families what changes they want to see.”

The hospice will stay open during the works, but run at a lower occupancy.

The open space will be split into zones: including special areas for sleep, play, relaxation and reflection.

The project has been partly funded by generous donations from corporate and individual sponsors, and the charity is looking for more companies to sponsor a zone.

Work began this week and will run for a total of 26 weeks, with a grand re-opening planned for September, 2019.

David’s dream kitchen

ONE person for whom the refurb cannot come quickly enough is service user David Grundy.

24-year-old David made it his mission to get his dream kitchen to bake bread in, and even personally issued Chief Exec David with his wish list!

David’s suggestions for improvements, which Chief Exec David Robinson has kept pinned to a corkboard in his office for inspiration, include: “Doors – too much faffing about to get through” and “Kitchen – bread maker, hand-held blender for soup-making and plates with lips.”

David Robinson, Chief Executive, said: “I made David a promise that we’ll deliver the improvements he’s asked for and I intend to stick to it. I’ve already told him that we’ll strap a GoPro camera onto the builder’s hard hat and film the demolition of the current kitchen and send him the video! And when the new kitchen in The Lodge is finished, we’ll let David cut the ribbon to officially declare it open.”

Val Grundy, David’s mum, said: “David cooks as part of his college course and he loves it.  His nickname at home is even ‘Chef Grundy’. For him to be able to get into the kitchen at Derian and be more independent will be brilliant.”

Derian at the Movies

FAMILIES who have never been able to visit the cinema together will be able to book their own private movie night, complete with popcorn and hotdogs, following the refurbishment.

The accessible cinema room has been donated by Together for Cinema. The charity was founded in 2009 by Ian Morrish and aims to donate and install 25 cinema rooms in children’s hospices across the UK by 2020 – and Derian is number 22 on its list!

When it’s not showing the latest blockbuster movies, the cinema room can be used by the teenagers and young adults to play video games on a huge screen, or for families to use as a play space.

Hannah’s doodles create impressive wall art

AN interactive work of art will adorn the main wall of the new children’s bedroom corridor, in the Derian House refurbishment.

Local artist Hannah Beech, of Hannah’s Doodles, will create a huge living tree mural covering the 25-metre corridor and spilling onto the floor.

As children and their families stay at Derian, they will create the tree’s leaves using handprints and footprints, in the seasonal colours.

At the end of each season, the mural will be photographed and shared with those who took part, before the paint is wiped away, ready to start a new season.

Quarter of a million pounds raised for children’s hospice at sparkling ball

Generous supporters raised more than £250,000 for charity at a glittering fundraising extravaganza this weekend.

People from across the North West turned out in force to attend the prestigious Red Sea Pedestrians’ 11th annual Spring Ball, this year in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

A packed and exciting evening took place with entertainment provided by TLC as well as an auction, containing a whole host of prizes including incredible donations made by local artist Jai Sol, a new Fiat 500 plus three elephants painted by local artists especially for the ball.

Highlights of the night included the “stand for a grand” section of the auction, in which generous donors stood up to pledge an amazing total of £61,000 for “Tallulah”, a 6ft elephant sculpture decorated by the children at Derian House. Tallulah will now be donated back to Derian where she will take pride of place in the hospice building.

The black tie event hoped to raise enough money to pay for a holiday lodge that the charity would use to give its families a free week’s holiday at Ribby Hall Holiday Village in Wrea Green. The grand total, coming in at more than twice its target, will now also go towards a full cutting-edge refurbishment of the hospice building.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the attendees once again,” said Antony Wagman, chair of trustees at Red Sea Pedestrians.

“Each year, we look to support a different charity at our ball, when it was discussed about Derian House, I honestly couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.

“The charity serves children and young people of the North West providing vital care whilst creating unforgettable memories. It’s a tremendous charity and one I am proud we could assist.”

Red Sea Pedestrians is a Manchester-based charity which raises valuable funds for organisations throughout the region. This year is its 11th anniversary and already, the charity has donated a further £100,000 towards other charities from across the North West.

Trustees of Red Sea Pedestrians like to choose charities who they know will be close to everybody’s heart and whose need for support is the greatest.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are truly overwhelmed with the amount raised at the event. The night itself was a huge success, with everyone dancing and having a fabulous time.

“On behalf of our children, young people and their families, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Red Sea Pedestrians who worked tirelessly to pull off this magnificent event, and of course to every single person who helped raise this wonderful amount. Thank you to you all, you have made a real difference.”

To find out more about the charity, visit https://www.redseapedestrians.org/.

Little Ava’s big fundraiser for Derian House

LITTLE Ava Sutcliffe may only be five-years-old, but her fundraising efforts for her local children’s charity are huge!

The Beech Hill pupil ran the Family Mile race at this weekend’s Wigan 5k and raised £440 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Not only did she run the whole way round, she also achieved her personal best time of 12 minutes 13 seconds.

Dad Rob Sutcliffe, 42, said: “We’re very proud of Ava. She did brilliant and loved every minute of it.

“The idea to run for Derian House came after we visited their Winter Sparkle event last year. Ava decided she wanted to run with me and said she wanted to do it to raise money for

poorly children.”

Rob ran the 5k section of the race, then joined Ava for the mile-long family race.

He added: “Derian House is a charity that’s always stuck with me as I know that, although hopefully we will never need Derian’s services, it’s good to know it’s there if we ever did.

Ava started a Just Giving page with a goal of raising £75, which she smashed after proving to be a social media sensation with her adorable training videos.

You can still show your support to the pint-sized athlete by sponsoring her here: https://tinyurl.com/y5lvmpav

MP to run London Marathon for Derian House

Chris Green MP has announced that he will be running this year’s Rivington Pike Half Marathon and the London Marathon in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

This will be the third time that the MP has run the London Marathon, having raised over £1,000 for Fortalice last year.

Mr Green said: “During my recent visit to Derian House, I heard about the round-the-clock care the staff provide, ensuring every child and young person who requires their support makes the most of the time that they have.

“I’m pleased to announce that I will be running this year’s London Marathon in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice, to help support the invaluable services that they provide for children and families across the North West.

“Every penny raised will really make a difference to Derian House’s work, so please do sponsor me if you can by visiting my fundraising page.”

Last year, the Bolton West and Atherton MP raised his concerns about the unfair difference in funding between adult’s and children’s hospices across England in the House of Commons.

Adult’s hospices receive 30 per cent of their funding from the NHS centrally and Clinical Commissioning Groups whereas children’s hospices receive much lower, receiving just 15 per cent of their funding from the NHS on average.

On welcoming the MP’s announcement, Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager for Derian House said: “Our aim is to make sure that we help our young people and their

families to make precious memories, in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.

“We’re thrilled Chris Green has chosen to raise money for us. His support will make a real difference to our children. We wish him the best of luck and will all be cheering him on all

the way!”

You can make a donation by visiting – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisGreenMP.

The Rivington Pike Half Marathon is taking place on 24th March and the London Marathon on the 28th April.

Holiday lodge gives families chance to make memories

A BRAND new holiday lodge giving families of children with life-limiting conditions a chance to make precious memories, has been officially opened.

Derian House Children’s Hospice bought the lodge at Ribby Hall Holiday Village, in Wrea Green, to treat the families it cares for to valuable time together.

The lodge is the second plot on the holiday village owned by Derian, and means that almost 1,000 people a year can now benefit from a free week’s stay.

The Taleb family were the first to stay in the new lodge. For families like theirs, it is a lifeline.

Mum Jo Taleb, whose teenage daughter has a life-limiting illness which means she needs round-the-clock care, said: “Going on holiday is something everyone takes for granted until you’re in our position and you can’t do it. We need a hoist, a shower chair, a wet room, everything.

“Every night, we don’t know if we’re saying goodbye or goodnight. Derian is giving people the opportunity to live your life as a family and not sitting waiting for your child to die. For us to get time to just be ourselves and do our own thing is brilliant.”

The innovative “Derian on Holiday” project was the brainchild of Derian House Chief Executive David Robinson, who wanted to give families every opportunity to create cherished memories.

He said: “Many of our families simply couldn’t have a holiday before now because there was nowhere that catered for their needs. When they arrive they’re overwhelmed. We see tears and laughter and it’s actually overwhelming for us all too.

“We don’t know of any other hospices in the UK that can offer this service, and it’s only down to the generous donations of our supporters that we can do so.”

On Monday afternoon, the ribbon was cut to officially open the new lodge, with Derian on Holiday ambassador and Bolton Wanderers footballer Jason Lowe, on hand to help.

He said: “Holidays are where a lot of good memories are made. It’s where pictures are taken and you can look back on them and remember happy times. I’m sure these holiday lodges will benefit families for many years to come.”

Running costs of the new lodge have been funded for the first six months by Thomas Cook.

Gina Robertson, manager of Thomas Cook Leyland branch, said: “Children need a holiday and they get a lot from it. It’s important for development and Derian children shouldn’t miss out. We’re so happy to have been able to help.”

Blooming brilliant launch for charity’s celebrity art exhibition

STARS of stage and screen unveiled their artwork for charity at a glittering launch event on Friday night.

The Flower Power project has seen more than 25 celebrities pick up their paintbrushes to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

On Friday night, flowers designed by celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Vine, Geri “Ginger Spice” Horner, Timmy Mallett and Helen Lederer, were showcased to the public, at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery at Heskin Hall.

The artwork makes up a beautiful birthday bouquet to mark the 25th anniversary of Derian House, which provides respite and end-of-life care for children from across the North West.

The flowers are now on display at Derian’s charity shop in Chorley town centre, and are being auctioned on eBay (finishing on Monday, 11 March).

Click here to see the artwork and place a bid.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House, said: “The whole idea came from our 25th anniversary this year. We decided to ask celebrities to design us a birthday bouquet, and have been overwhelmed by their creativity and generosity. Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery has done an amazing job of showcasing the work.”

Comedian and radio presenter Ted Robbins, who designed one of the flowers, along with his wife Judy and celebrity cake-maker daughter Molly Robbins, was at the event in his role as Derian Ambassador.

He said: “It’s a while since I’ve done any painting, but I did do it as part of my degree and enjoyed it. Our Molly is the real arty one in the family and Judy’s flower is a knock-out too. The last time I had a painting framed I was nine-years-old and got a red star for it!

“It’s really interesting seeing how the celebrities have done different types of flowers – some are cartoony and there’s been a lot of work put into some of them. There’s some great names in the exhibition.”

Leyland artist Michael Ashcroft, whose paintings usually sell for up to £10,000, painted a sunflower for the project.

At Friday’s event, he said: “Derian House is a wonderful local cause and I was honoured to be invited to take part. It’s great that all these celebrities have come out in support of such a worthy charity. The best flower in my opinion is probably Geri’s. She was always my favourite Spice Girl!”

Derian House needs to raise £4million every year to keep the hospice running. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding, so it relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.

Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/flower-power

Mayor takes flight for Derian

IS IT a bird?

Is it a plane?

No, it’s Mayor of Chorley Councillor Margaret Lees!

When adventure-loving Mayor Councillor Lees chose Derian House Children’s Hospice as one of the charities for her year in office, she pledged to go above and beyond.

But we never expected her to take the phrase so literally!

For 70-year-old Margaret is going up in a microlight airplane to raise money for the children and young people of Derian.

Councillor Lees is not only terrified of flying – normally needing medication from the doctor to even consider boarding a flight – but she is also petrified of heights.

“When I was approached about raising money for my charities by taking a microlight flight, I was struck dumb,” said Councillor Lees.

“Then out of my mouth came the sound ‘yes, go on then’. I couldn’t believe I had agreed as I also have a real fear of heights. I must be totally insane. But if this can raise funds for Derian House – a fantastic local charity – then as the First Citizen of Chorley, I will do it!”

The flight had been pencilled-in for a number of months, but Councillor Lees received a surprise phone call yesterday (Tuesday, 26 Feb) to say the flight would have to take place today (Wednesday, 27 Feb) before the perfect weather conditions change.

The Mayor will fly from St Michael’s airfield near Garstang and will be airborne at 1,500ft for around 40 minutes.

Pilot Terry Cook said: “We will spend some time admiring the Lancashire countryside and if the Mayor wants, she can ‘have a go’ at the controls. The XAir is docile and stable and there is nothing the Mayor could do from which I cannot recover.”

The Mayor’s fundraising total currently stands at £645 and she really wants to make it to £1,000 to fly.

Can you help? Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/margaret-lees1

Celebrities paint birthday bouquet for Derian House

MORE than 25 celebrities have got out their paintbrushes to create unique works of art for Derian House.

Stars including Geri “Ginger Spice” Horner, Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Vine and Timmy Mallett have drawn and painted flowers to make up a birthday bouquet to mark the 25th anniversary of Derian.

The flowers will be auctioned to raise money, and the artwork will be unveiled at a glamorous exhibition at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin on Friday, March 1. Everyone is invited to come along, to view the paintings and place a bid.

The flowers will then go on display at Derian’s new charity shop in Chorley town centre, and auctioned on eBay throughout the month of March.

Actor Helen Lederer, Grease star Didi Conn, adventurer Steve Backshall and Apprentice contestant Kayode Damali also put their creative talents to good use for the charity’s Flower Power campaign.

Seven-year-old Kayla, whose sister uses Derian’s services, has also created a flower as part of the project.

Fans will get the chance to own an exclusive piece of art created by their favourite star, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Take a look at the selection of pictures here.

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “We’ve not only been overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity of the celebrities who have got involved in our Flower Power campaign, but also by the sheer number of people who have been keen to help us out. It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“Many of our flowers aren’t just pretty pictures drawn by celebrities, but fantastic pieces of art in their own right. With every penny raised going towards the care of our children and young people, I’d urge everyone to bid generously!”

Everybody is invited to come along to the launch exhibition at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery, Heskin Hall shopping village, Chorley, on Friday, 1 March from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/flower-power

Here’s a full list of celebrities who have created flowers for Derian House Flower Power campaign:

Geri Horner

Joanna Lumley

Steve Backshall

Helen Lederer

Timmy Mallett

Ferne Corrigan

Kayode Damali

Jeremy Vine

Bolton Wanderers Football Club

Arabella Weir

Saara Alto and her Dancing On Ice partner Hamish Gaman

Didi Conn and her Dancing On Ice partner Lukasz Roszycki

Melody Thornton and her Dancing On Ice partner Alexander Demetriou

Mark Hanretty – Dancing on Ice professional

Curtis Johns from The Band Musical

Rob Beckett

Jack Catterall

Kiki DeVille

Helen Glover

Elizabeth Grant

Lucy Meacock

Judy Robbins

Molly Robbins

Ted Robbins

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