Your local children’s hospice is opening its gardens on Sunday 8 August 2021 and there’s plenty of fun in store for garden enthusiasts and families alike.
Derian House Children’s Hospice is taking part in the National Garden Scheme giving members of the public a rare opportunity to visit its colourful and fun outdoor spaces.
The day will include a scavenger hunt for families to take part in and there will also be a plant sale raising money for the hospice and homemade cakes to enjoy.
Each year the National Garden Scheme invites garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House said: “We are delighted to be opening our gardens for the second time this year. Since our last opening we have seen the completion of our greenhouse and also our outdoor counselling pod.”
The impressive new greenhouse will be officially opened at the event with a special surprise video appearance from a celebrity gardener which will be revealed on the day.
David continued: “Back in May the event was fully booked so for those who could not visit at that time we have lots of tickets available to book now. We look forward to welcoming you.”
The Chorley-based children’s hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people from across the North West and South Cumbria. The gardens at the hospice help to create an atmosphere of relaxation, tranquillity and joy.
Distinct areas include the Smile Park which has an inclusive playground, the Memorial Garden which offers a quiet place for reflection, and the Seaside Garden with ornamental grasses and a ship.
The gardens at Derian House are much-loved not only by the families using the hospice, but also by staff and volunteers who use them during break times, as alternative meeting rooms on sunny days, or just somewhere to find a moment of peace during emotionally difficult days.
Gareth Elliot, Gardener at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Our summer planting is in full bloom and we’re really excited to welcome visitors to our gardens. We hope they will enjoy exploring the different areas as well as finding out more about the hospice.”
The care provided at Derian House is free for families, but services cost £5 million to run every year. With only 12 per cent of funding coming from the government, the charity relies heavily on its supporters.
The gardens will be open from 9am until 5pm, costing £3 for adults and free for children. Book your tickets at www.ngs.co.uk and support your local children’s hospice.