Businesses sought to help Derian House as it faces £250,000 funding shortfall

Lancashire businesses are being urged to support Derian House Children's Hospice, which is facing a potential £250,000 shortfall in donations as the spread of the coronavirus has caused the cancellation of its fundraising events this spring and summer.

The organisation cares for more than 400 seriously ill children and young people from across the North West, and costs £4.8m each year to operate.

Much of these funds would come through a programme of spring and summer events, such as the Stars & Cars and Supercar Showtime, which have been postponed while the government recommends social isolation.

The charity is continuing to provide end-of-life care for the very sickest children, with families enjoying a special mothers day with crafts and play time. Families are being encouraged to access counselling and bereavement support over the phone.

Hospice staff are also lending a hand to colleagues in the NHS to help with increased demand during the outbreak. Perinatal nurse Katie Turner has voluntarily been seconded to Royal Preston Hospital’s neonatal unit to help families in the most need. She will bring her specialist palliative care skills and help free up hospital staff for other duties.

We are working really hard to come up with ways of supporting our children and families in every eventuality

David Robinson, chief executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “These are difficult times for everyone across the world right now and we are working really hard to come up with ways of supporting our children and families in every eventuality. The message for our supporters is that we’re still here and still supporting families."

Donations can be made through this link or by texting DERIAN 5 to 70085 to donate £5.

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