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Gifts galore at children’s hospice

Helping out: Kevin Halstead and Debbie Mather with gifts at Derian House

Helping out: Kevin Halstead and Debbie Mather with gifts at Derian House

A busload of presents brought some festive cheer to a local children’s hospice.

A group of Lancashire’s lottery winners dropped in to Derian House in Chorley, bringing with them a sackload of donated sensory toys and gifts for children and young people at the Children’s Hospice.

Deborah Mather, who, won more than £5.1m seven years ago has been travelling around on the Winter Wonderland bus around the country said: “It’s been brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

“We gave a ten pin bowling set to one little boy and when he opened it, he just threw his arms up into the air, it’s was a really special moment.

And Deborah also had praise for the many volunteers who help to run the centre.

She said: “One thing I’ve learnt about the whole thing is that there are some great people that volunteer for these organisations and get no praise for it.

“They’re incredible the amount of time they give up.”

As well as Derian Hous, Deborah and the other Lottery winners have covered more than 1,500 miles, visiting a host of charitable organisations up and down the country, all of whom have received National Lottery funding.

Deborah said: “We’ve been to a garden centre that encourages adults with learning difficulties, a riding school for disabled children, Age Concern, all kinds - it’s been wonderful.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We certainly got into the Christmas spirit when we visited the older generation with Age UK as we were all singing Christmas songs.”

Another Lottery winner who was busy being Father Christmas was former bus driver Kevin Halstead, from Preston, who scooped £2.3m in 2010

He said: “A friend of mine was here for a short time so it’s very important to me.

“He wasn’t supposed to live past the age of four but he lived to 21 and Derian place was a place his parents could have some respite so it’s been brilliant to get involved today.

“Just seeing the children’s faces light up and make their day is really nice.”

 

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