Show Your Support for Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses by Voting for Derian House Children's Hospice

Posted on 26 May 2021 by Amy Jackson
Derian House Children's Hospice LogoDerian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 babies, children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions from across the North West of England, helping them to make the most of every moment. They provide respite, palliative and end of life care, helping families to make happy memories in a fun environment whilst receiving outstanding care. Derian House provides support for children and young people from before birth up to the age of 26-years-old. Derian House puts its arms around the whole family too, with support groups not just for parents but also for siblings and grandparents.


What Services Do Derian House Provide?

Below are just a few of the ways in which Derian House supports children, young people and their families.

Hospice - Derian House Children's Hospice has some of the very best facilities in the country. This includes an inclusive cinema, state-of-the-art sensory room, messy PlayZone and hydrotherapy pool. The hospice itself provides day and short-term respite, as well as emergency respite care and family accommodation.

Family Support - The family support team is made up of support workers, counsellors and social workers, who are there for parents, siblings, grandparents and carers. The team are able to provide practical and emotional support, assisting with everything from form completion to simply providing a listening ear. Within this service, they also offer Sibling Support, to provide siblings of children accepted to the hospice with pre and post bereavement support.

Bereavement Support - Derian House offers bereavement support tailored to the individual needs of families, not just before and immediately after the child has died, but also over the following months and years. Their support ranges from providing emotional support to practical support helping to organise funerals and collecting memories. Additionally, they offer bereavement support groups for parents, siblings and grandparents.

Perinatal Service - The charity's Perinatal Service is there for families whose babies may have been given life-limiting or uncertain diagnoses, whether it's during pregnancy, during or after birth. They work with a number of hospitals in the North West to ensure families are given the extra support they need. The perinatal team are able to attend scans and antenatal appointments if needed, and can also act as an advocate for families. Additionally, they work closely with bereavement midwives in the devastating event that a baby is lost.

Derian on Holiday - Holidays are important when it comes to creating lasting, happy memories, and Derian provides specially adapted holiday lodges with amazing facilities that allow families to enjoy a much needed break together.


How You Can Support Derian House

It will cost £5 million in 2021 to run the services at Derian House. The care and support they give to families is completely free, but despite this they only receive 12% of their funding through the government. This means that they rely heavily on the generosity of their supporters. Your donations can help in a number of ways:

- £20 provides a child with a session to relax and stimulate their senses in Derian House's interactive sensory room.
- £45 can fund a complementary therapy session (such as aromatherapy or massage) for a child or family member to help them relax.
- £75 could fund a splash session in the hydrotherapy pool for a family, giving them a chance to play together.
- £150 could sponsor a nurse for one day.

If you would like to find out more about Derian House Children’s Hospice, or make a donation to support their work, you can visit their website:

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