Week of celebrations for Derian’s 21st birthday

Leyland Morris Men entertain the crowds at the Winter Sparkle in Astley Park, Chorley

Leyland Morris Men entertain the crowds at the Winter Sparkle in Astley Park, Chorley

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It is 21 years on Monday since Derian House Children’s Hospice opened its doors for the first time.

To mark the occasion, staff at the centre in Astley Village, near Chorley, have planned a week of celebrations, including a Hallowe’en themed birthday party, day care events and a Winter Sparkle spectacular.

On Tuesday, the hospice will launch it’s #LittleMoments Twitter and Facebook campaign, that they hope will ‘go viral’.

The idea is that people use the hash tag to celebrate magic moments in their lives, such as the birth of a child, a romantic meal, or a scoring a last-minute winning goal, and donate to the charity when they hit send.

It will follow along the same lines as the no makeup selfie campaign run by Cancer Research UK earlier this year, and Derian hopes to attract some celebrity backers.

Hospice chief executive Georgina Cox said: “There are magic moments all around at Derian.

“Sadly a lot of the children we see at Derian have limited years to experience them, so we have to celebrate them all.”

Money raised by the campaign will help cover the £3.3m annual running costs of the hospice, which received only seven per cent Government funding.

Also on Tuesday between 10am and 3pm, the care team will be arranging a range of activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, music and complimentary therapies.

On Wednesday, there will be a Hallowe’en themed birthday party for Derian families between 1pm and 4pm. The hospice will be decked with spooky decorations and balloons, and there will be games, a treasure hunt and cake.

More day care events run on Thursday, and on Sunday, November 2, the annual Winter Sparkle event in Astley Park, Chorley, will run for all members of the community from 10pm, featuring festive stalls, reindeer rides and a fun fair.

Festive lights Ltd in Charnock Richard are also getting in on the party spirit and have vowed to give 15 per cent of all money made in their Christmas clearance event to the hospice.

The sale takes place on November 1 and 2 at the store in Preston Road, before it closes and all operations move to Wigan.