Finance Director to run Manchester Marathon for Derian

Local business, HFE backs its Finance Director, Louise Ormrod to complete the Manchester Marathon to raise valuable funds for Derian House.

The company has pledged to match fund every penny Louise raises, effectively doubling her fund-raising efforts.

Buckshaw Village-based HFE, which is a training provider to the health, fitness and wellbeing sector deliver fitness instructor and personal trainer courses across the UK. They qualify over 3,000 exercise professionals every year across a variety of qualifications, including personal training, Pilates, yoga, G.P Referral and sports massage.

Louise has decided to run the marathon to support Derian House, a cause that is extremely close to her heart. However, her motivations are not entirely altruistic because she is actually using the marathon as a warm-up event to help her prepare for the Bolton Ironman which takes place in July.

As if running the marathon isn’t enough, along with several members of the Rivington Triathlon Club, she’ll be cycling from Chorley to and from the marathon.

Lee Cain, Managing Director of HFE Lee Cain praised Louise for her commitment, training and fundraising ambitions. “We’re delighted that she is running the marathon for such a great cause and we’re equally pleased that we are all able to help her and others in the process. It’s so important for staff to feel that their hard work makes a difference, not just within the business but also outside of the company. This is a win-win solution in which the whole team to get behind Louise and the cause to show their support”.

Louise is no stranger to extreme endurance events. She’s completed multiple half and full marathons and in June 2016 she ran 100 km continuously across the Yorkshire moors and placed 6th, passing the finish line in just 15 hours.

When talking about Louise and her commitment to training, Lee went on to say “she’s one of the few people in the business without a fitness-based qualification and yet she’s fitter than anyone. In fact, she’s probably fitter than all of us put together”.

Louise’s gruelling training regime includes around 14 hours of exercise per week. She performs around 8-9 hours of cycling, 2-3 hours of running and around 3 and half hours swimming. By the time she’s ready for Ironman, this will increase to somewhere between 18-20 hours per week.

Louise is overjoyed with the support that she has received from friends, family, co-workers and the business. Without their support she said “it wouldn’t be possible for me to run this marathon for such a worthy cause.

After visiting Derian House this month, Lee went on to say that he was “amazed at the broad range of services offered at the hospice. It has completely changed my perception of what a children’s hospice is and the type of things the staff and volunteers would be doing. It’s so inspiring to see it with your own eyes. I cannot praise everyone at Derian House enough”.

Lifelites donation brings smiles to children at Chorley hospice

CUTTING-edge equipment that will give wheelchair-bound children the sensation of playing football or splashing in the sea, has been donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The £50,000 package of specialist technology, given by national children’s charity, Lifelites, will help children play games with their friends, make music, and communicate with their family.


One of the pieces – the Magic Carpet – projects an image onto the floor, a wheelchair or a bed, which the children can interact with. This technology gives them the chance to escape the confines of their condition and make magical memories. The equipment is portable so the Derian at Home team can take it to use with children who are too ill to travel into the hospice.


Staff from Lifelites arrived on-site this week to install to deliver the huge haul of goodies and train staff on how to use them. Every four years, the charity will replace the technology completely free of charge.


David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re incredibly humbled by the generosity of the donation from Lifelites, and also the time they have taken to show our staff how to get the most out of this fabulous equipment.

“At Derian we’re focussed on being innovative and forward-thinking to offer our children and young people the very best experiences available to make happy memories in the time they have.

“This technology will make a real difference to our families and we can’t wait to start using it.”


Rob, 21, who uses Derian’s services, said: “I think the new equipment is really good. I’ve played the X-box now with Chris. We’re tag-teaming. He’s steering and I’m doing the accelerator.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this magical technology for the children and young people at Derian House. This technology will help them escape the confines of their conditions to do things they never dreamed of, for as long as it is possible. We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of our donors, so for this we are incredibly grateful.”


Lifelites has donated equipment to every children’s hospice in the British Isles over the last 18 years, and continues to provide new technology and ongoing support to ensure that children in hospices have unlimited possibilities.


Lifelites was only able to donate this equipment thanks to the generosity of donors. They were Freemasons from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Hertfordshire, the Sobell Foundation, Children with Cancer UK, GamesAid and Microsoft.

Keepy-up King in ‘bonkers’ football trek across Sahara Desert for charity

Freestyle footballer John Farnworth will be crossing the Sahara Desert, juggling a football with every step, in an attempt to set his most ambitious record yet.

The keepy-up king is undertaking the mammoth challenge to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Lancashire.

The amazing feat will see children’s TV personality John, travelling 100km (more than 60 miles) over some of the world’s highest sand dunes, in searing 40-degree heat. And all while keeping a ball in the air.

At night he will be cooking his food in the wilderness, and sleeping under Africa’s star-strewn skies in temperatures below freezing point.

If successful, it will be his 10th Guinness World Record. He has previously kept a football in the air for the entire route of the London Marathon and in 2018 even battled blizzard conditions on treacherous Mount Everest as he did keepy-ups on the side of the world’s highest mountain.

Lancashire-born John has dazzled crowds around the globe with his amazing ball control skills and transformed the freestyle football world with his epic challenges.

But when he visited Derian House Children’s Hospice last year, he knew he had to use his fancy footwork to help the worthy cause.

He said: “Derian is an amazing place. When I came to visit and found out how much money needs to be raised every year to keep the services running, I just knew I had to help. The best way for me to contribute is through freestyle, it’s what I do.”

John is already hard at work training, with tough gym sessions every day and trips to the beach at Lytham, Lancashire, to get ready for travelling on sand.
He said: “It’s going to be very tough, but I always like to push my own personal limits and push the barriers in freestyle – that’s just the way I live. I don’t like to do anything that has
been done before.”

John hopes the epic Challenge Sahara, which will take place in March, will help inspire others.

He said: “I don’t mind that to the average person this seems bonkers. Freestyle has taught me so much about learning and with the right training and dedication I’m confident I can complete this challenge. I want to show people what is possible with the right attitude to aim up above their current capabilities.”

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “When we first found out about John’s challenge we thought, quite frankly, it was impossible! But after seeing what John is capable of we have every faith in him. We can’t wait to follow his progress on the journey and thank him for choosing to support our work at Derian House. His efforts will make a real difference to the lives of our children and young people.”

Derian House offers respite and end-of-life care to more than 350 families across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The charity needs to raise £4million every year to continue supporting its families.

To sponsor John in Challenge Sahara, visit his Just Giving page

To see John’s training progress, visit Facebook: @footballgenius Instagram: @john.farnworth

Bolton footballers spread joy with Christmas toy run at Derian House

BOLTON Wanderers football players won big smiles when they dropped into Derian House Children’s Hospice to hand out toys to the children.

The first team squad spread a little festive cheer when they handed out gifts to children staying at the hospice.

Brothers Adam and Alix, who use Derian’s services, were thrilled to meet the players – although they admitted they are actually Liverpool fans!

The players – whose personal donations had paid for the gifts – also took a tour of the hospice and posed for pictures with staff and children.

Former Derian service user Rebecca Delaney, 25, was paying a return visit to the hospice to deliver some gifts of her own to say thank you, when she bumped into the players.

“It was a wonderful surprise, we’re delighted!” said Rebecca’s mother Linda.

Player Josh Magennis said it was an “absolute privilege” to visit Derian.

Following the visit, he said: “Unfortunately the kids here may not be able to come to football games, so it’s a chance for us to come down and put a smile on their faces.

“We can sometimes be wrapped up in our own little bubble and today has been a humbling experience that has put things into perspective. It’s been an afternoon none of us will forget.”

Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “We’re really grateful to the Bolton players for bringing some festive cheer into Derian. The young people were absolutely thrilled with their gifts and it means a lot to us to have their support.”

Run, Ryan, Run!

WHEN it comes to New Year’s resolutions, super supporter Ryan Walmsley gives most people a run for their money!

The Blackburn teenager has run every single day of 2018 so far – more than 1,000 miles in total – to raise money for the children and young people at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Ryan’s epic challenge has even earned him a spot on national radio, when he was interviewed live on air by presenter Greg James on BBC Radio One’s breakfast show this morning (Thurs, 13 December).

The former Darwen Vale High School student, 19, who is now serving an apprenticeship at BAE Systems in Samlesbury, said: “It’s been tough at times – both physically challenging and emotionally draining – but doing it for Derian House has brought out in me an inner determination that I would have struggled to find otherwise.

“I’ve seen the good work Derian does and what keeps me going is knowing that somewhere down the line, what I’m doing will benefit someone.”

Ryan has run at least three miles every single day, and with three weeks still to go has already hit his 1,000-mile target. He has also smashed his fundraising goal of £1,000 and hopes to make it to £2,000 by the end of the year.

Ryan’s gruelling regime has seen him wear out four pairs of trainers, and even run through bouts of flu, sickness bugs, many blisters and several hangovers.

He has run on holiday – pounding the streets of Berlin and Munich in Germany; Rome, London and the Lake District in 2018.

But heroic Ryan has taken it all in his stride, and admits he has enjoyed much of his challenge.

“Physically I’ve got a lot fitter and I tend to do a lot of my runs at dinner time, so if I’ve had a stressful morning at work it gives me time to clear my head,” he said.

The Blackburn Harriers Running Club member also praised his family for their support.

“The unsung hero of this year has been my mum Lynne,” said Ryan, who lives at the family home in Ewood, Blackburn. “She’s done my washing every single day!

“My girlfriend Olivia has also been brilliant. She’s been the one who has motivated me when I couldn’t be bothered going for a run. She’s said: ‘Come on, get up, get dressed, let’s go.’”

Ryan first came up with the idea to run every day for Derian after taking part in a sponsored all-day circuit training session at Darwen Vale High School.

And on 1 January, 2018, Ryan decided to go one step further and started out on his very own challenge that would last 365 days.

And what next for Ryan?

“I’m looking forward to that elusive rest day on New Year’s Day,” he said.

“After that I’d like to sit back and think ‘I did a good job there’.”

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Ryan is an absolute super star and we’re so grateful to him for supporting us in this creative way. We see lots of wild and wonderful fundraising challenges here at Derian but this has to be one of the most gruelling yet. He’s raised a terrific amount for us and it really will make a difference.

“On behalf of all of the children and young people we look after at Derian, we’d like to say a sincere thank you to Ryan – and of course to his mum Lynne for all that washing!”

Derian House is a children’s hospice which provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 350 children and young people in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The charity looks after the whole family, with dedicated teams for sibling support, hospice services at home and bereavement counselling for parents and grandparents.

Derian’s goal is to give families of children with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions a chance to make precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Santa bikers bring joy to children’s hospice

MORE than 100 bikers armed with toys and gifts descended on Derian House Children’s Hospice at the weekend.

The generous Rivington Barn Bikers travelled en masse from Rivington to Chorley to deliver gifts for the children and young people, which they had collected over the past few months.

Organiser Craig Hayward, said: “We started this last year on behalf of my son who spent time at Derian House a long time ago. I just wanted to give something back and do something to make the kids happy.

“This year we decided to do it again and we have had twice as many taking part. The biker community is amazing. You mention the word charity and they’re there. They made this possible.”

The bikers formed a human train – stretching from the car park, through reception and down the hospice bedroom corridor – to pass down each present – all while singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and shouting Ho Ho Ho!

Children staying at the hospice watched from the hospice front steps, thrilled at the extraordinary scene unfolding before them.

Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by this generous gesture from the Rivington Barn Bikers. The children staying at the hospice couldn’t believe their eyes, they were absolutely spellbound – it was joyous.

“On behalf of Derian House, thank you to each and every one of the guys who came. These presents will put big smiles on our children’s faces.”

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Remembering loved ones at Derian’s festive concert

HUNDREDS flocked to an uplifting Christmas concert held at Blackburn Cathedral on Friday.

Derian House Children’s Hospice annual Lights of Love event saw the spectacular cathedral illuminated by hundreds of Christmas tree lights – each one representing the life of a loved one.

The event also included festive carols performed by St Elisabeth’s Parish Choir, Reddish. One highlight being a poignant rendition of Silent Night sung partly in German – reminiscent of the Christmas Day Truce – to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Staff and volunteers from Derian House got involved too, with The Derian Singers choir performing “This is Me” from hit film The Greatest Showman.

Brothers Michael, 21, and Andrew Mills, 19 – who both use services at Derian House – signed the song words in Makaton for the crowd.

Play It Forward Brass Band Ensemble – a group of who give up their time to make music and raise funds to make a positive difference to other people’s lives – also took part.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “2018 has been a wonderful year for Derian House. In our 25th anniversary year we have supported more than 350 families from across the North West to make happy memories.

“It has been a year of love and laughter. Of course, there have also been sad times. And Lights of Love is also about remembering the lives of friends and family who are no longer with us.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice is based in Chorley and looks after children and young people with life-limiting conditions across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The charity provides respite and end-of-life care and aims to help families create precious memories that will last a lifetime.

The Derian House Singers                              CREDIT: Michael Sewell Photography


Leyland’s new shop offers bargains galore

Leyland shoppers can grab a bargain with Derian House’s new charity shop focusing on fashion and furniture coming to town.

We opened a new store in Hough Lane on Friday – just in time for the Christmas rush.

Our previous store, on the opposite side of the street, closed its doors last week. It has been replaced with a bigger, brighter revamped store with a fresh modern look.

The new shop will focus on best-selling stock, including women’s fashion, gifts, trinkets and furniture.

There will also be a full range of Derian House branded products, from Derian mugs and candles to chocolate and pin badges.

And during the festive season there will also be Derian’s very own Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and sweet treats.

The new shop has been decorated with our trademark bright colours and has a TV screen showing the charity’s latest news and events.

Remembering loved ones at ‘Lights of Love’

Inspirational youngsters will lead an uplifting Christmas service to help raise funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Brothers Michael, 21, and Andrew Mills, 19, who both use services at Derian, will translate the modern classic “This is Me” into Makaton sign language for the crowd.

The song, which features in the box office hit The Greatest Showman, is being performed by the Derian Singers, a choir made up of 22 staff from the hospice who have been rehearsing for weeks.

Lights of Love Service is Derian’s annual Christmas concert, being held on Friday, 7 December at Blackburn Cathedral, from 7.30pm and is open to everyone.

This year’s service also features performances by The Choir of St Elisabeth’s Parish Church in Reddish and Play It Forward Brass Band Ensemble – a group of musicians from all walks of life who give up their time to make music and raise funds to make a positive difference to other people’s lives.

23-year-old Katy Galbraith, who also visits Derian, will switch on the ‘lights of love’ on the cathedral Christmas tree to remember all the friends and family who are no longer with us.

Free tickets to Lights of Love can be reserved by emailing or by calling the hospice on 01257 271271.

Derian announces new Patrons

The Queen’s royal guardian of Lancashire has been announced as Patron of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, has taken up the prestigious post to help raise awareness of the charity which offers respite and end-of-life care for more than 350 children and young people across the county.

“I have admired the remarkable work of Derian House for years, so I am delighted now to be formally associated with it.  It is one of the most inspiring places in Lancashire,” he said.

Lord and Lady Shuttleworth visited Derian House in September. They enjoyed a tour of the hospice and were presented with a special canvas painted by nine-year-old Amelia with the help of the Derian Play Team.

Lord Shuttleworth is joined by queen of the cabaret Kiki DeVille as a second new Patron at the Chorley-based hospice.
Kiki is best-known for her appearance on The Voice UK as a member of Team and also as judge on TV talent show All Together Now.

But at Derian, Kiki is better-known as mum to Dexter. Diagnosed at birth with Zellweger Syndrome, Dexter died at Derian House in October 2007 aged four weeks and three days-old.

“Ever since our little boy Dexter William died in our arms at Derian House Children’s Hospice, all I have ever wanted is to raise awareness and money for this incredible life-affirming place,” said Kiki.

“I am beyond humbled and excited to be a Patron of Derian House. It is literally a dream come true. I have hoped for this moment for 11 years and can barely put into words how it feels.”

The two new Patrons will act as representatives for Derian House, using their platform to help raise awareness of its work and reach a wider audience.

David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House, said: “We are honoured to welcome Lord Shuttleworth and Kiki DeVille and can’t wait to work with them on some of the exciting projects we have coming up.

“Kiki has close ties with Derian and her connection and passion for what we do makes her patronage so very special.

“Lord Shuttleworth has been connected to Derian for a number of years and we are proud he has agreed to join us as Patron. His association will add huge value and strength to the message we communicate about the importance of children’s palliative care.”