Donations drop-off centre plans by children’s hospice

NEW PLANS: Derian House

NEW PLANS: Derian House

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A children’s hospice has unveiled plans for a new donation centre.

Derian House in Chorley says the proposed development will also create three additional on-site parking spaces at the building.

This is a very exciting but very necessary step for us to take, in order to continue to provide first-rate care for children and young people in Lancashire and beyond.

Georgina Cox

By moving staff currently housed in the main building across the car park to the new facility, the Astley Village hospice says it can create additional space for families who wish to stay on site while their child receives end-of-life care.

The new building will sit on Derian House’s land adjoining Euxton Lane, although pedestrian and vehicle access will still only be possible from Chancery Road. The hospice plans to demolish its current garage to create an extra disabled parking space and two additional spaces for staff and visitors.

The ground floor will contain a space for visitors to drop off donations and a storage area to replace the garage.

The first floor will contain offices for existing fundraising and admin staff, and offices they currently work in will be converted into private space for families staying on site.

The hospice, a charity opened in 1993, has submitted a planning application to Chorley Council. It will write to residents in the immediate area to provide them with more information about the project, and produce information packs.

The packs will be available online, and can also be accessed by visiting the hospice or its shop on Chapel Street, Chorley. The hospice will also hold an open evening for local residents and councillors.

Georgina Cox, Derian House chief executive officer said “This is a very exciting but very necessary step for us to take, in order to continue to provide first-rate care for children and young people in Lancashire and beyond.”