Derian House children’s hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West.
Based in Chorley, the Hospice has been looking after seriously ill children for more than a quarter of a century.
Derian House has a wide range of services to offer support to children, young people and their families.
They have a Hydrotherapy Pool, Sensory Room and a play zone whilst also offering support in areas such as family support workers, counselling and a 24-hour advice line.
Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, explains what they do at the charity to make Christmas special for the children and young people they care for:
“For some of the families that we look after at Derian House this could be their last Christmas together and so we do everything in our power to make it as special as possible.
“The hospice is full of joy and laughter all the year-round, but there’s something even more magical at this time of year. We have festive lights in our gardens and a forest of trees illuminated for our families to enjoy.”
Caroline admits that this year has taken its toll on some of the families they support:
“2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but for families of children with serious conditions, the isolation has been really difficult.
“We have continued our services at the hospice, providing a safe haven and allowing families to enjoy our cinema, hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and playground.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated this year to ensure that we can continue to support local families in need at Christmas and also into the future.”
For any more information about Derian House Children’s Hospice and how you can support them, check out their website here.