Celebrities help raise funds for Derian House

Celebrities from TV, music and sport will have their artwork auctioned off to raise funds for Chorley-based Derian House Children's Hospice.

More than 25 stars, including Ginger Spice Geri Horner, Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Vine and Timmy Mallett, have donated drawings and paintings of flowers.

“Many of our flowers aren’t just pretty pictures drawn by celebrities, but fantastic pieces of art in their own right.

The artwork will be unveiled at an exhibition at Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery on March 1, and will then go on display at Derian’s charity shop in Chorley town centre. They will be auctioned on eBay throughout the month of March.

Money raised will support the hospice, which cares for more than 350 families across the North West, offering respite and end-of-life care to children whose lives are too short.

Kevin Bedford, fundraising manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’ve not only been overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity of the celebrities who have got involved in our Flower Power campaign, but also by the sheer number of people who have been keen to help us out. It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“Many of our flowers aren’t just pretty pictures drawn by celebrities, but fantastic pieces of art in their own right. With every penny raised going towards the care of our children and young people, I’d urge everyone to bid generously.”

The charity needs to raise £4m every year to keep the hospice running. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding, so it relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.