Derian bosses back ‘Not Dingy’ hospice campaign

A patient at Derian House
A patient at Derian House
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Bosses at Derian House Children’s Hospice have joined calls for fairer representation of hospices in the media, following comments made on BBC programmes.

In April Eastenders character Stan Carter was dying and a family member raised concerns about him dying in a “grotty hospice.” In early June, a character on Casualty said a patient’s options were to “…spend her last days with her boys abroad….” or “…be stuck in some dingy hospice.”

In an effort to dispel what it sees as a misperception, Hospice UK, which supports both children’s and adult hospices across the country, called on its members to share colourful photos and stories on social media, using the hashtag ‘#notdingy’. Derian House obliged by sharing photographs of children enjoying themselves, and of the facilities.

Derian chief executive Georgina Cox said: “We felt it was important to lend our voice to the ‘Not Dingy’ campaign and show that Derian House, like many other hospices, is an incredibly bright and positive place. You only need to look at all the lovely photos on our Facebook page to see how much fun children have when they come here.”