Margaret Vinten, known affectionately by many as Miss V, passed away peacefully at Royal Preston Hospital on Thursday June 6.A well respected member of the community, Margaret was a nurse and had set up several nursing homes, including Moor Park House and Preston Private Nursing Home.
But she was more well known as the inspiration behind Derian House, in Chorley. After being approached in 1991 by the Haydock family, who wanted to open a children’s hospice, Miss Vinten became the driving force behind the campaign.
She recruited a team of trustees, of which she was chair and raised the funds to make the dream a reality.In October 1993 Derian House Children’s Hospice was officially opened by the Duchess of Norfolk.
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Although Miss Vinten stepped down as chairman of Derian House in 2011, after 20 years of service, she continued to take an active interest in the hospice as Honorary President, right to the end. Derian’s newest building is named Vinten Place, in honour of her.
David Robinson, chief executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “In Derian House, Miss Vinten has left a remarkable legacy.
“Her spirit of dedication, passion and drive to make a difference to the children and young people of Lancashire will live on. We will always remember her here. She was a highly respected member of the community, a remarkable woman and a good friend to many."
Her daughter, Susan Vinten, said: "Mum was a pioneer in the area of nursing. She was very entrepreneurial and had great management skills and she wanted to put those skills to work. "
"She had a great sense of drive and achievement of wanting to make the world a better place for people who were sick. She was always wanting to do more and would encourage other people to do so."