Derian House unveils million pound makeover

Derian House Children’s Hospice has unveiled the results of its £1.6m makeover, adding a sensory room, messy play zone and cinema to its facilities.

The Chorley-based hospice has been looking after children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses from across the North West for more than 25 years. The charity currently cares for more than 400 children.

Last spring it began a huge project to make the hospice “fit for the future” so it could continue to care for children with increasingly complex conditions for many years to come.

The renovations included knocking down walls to create a lighter, brighter and more flexible space. A new PlayZone includes a large sensory room for both stimulation and relaxation a well as a large messy play area to allow children to unleash their creativity.

A new £100,000 cinema room will allow families to watch the latest releases together with popcorn and candy floss, and a new accessible kitchen will allow youngsters to bake or fix themselves snacks. A new sunflower suite will allow children to lay at rest before their funeral, to give families extra time to say goodbye.

Derian House is now at the very pinnacle of care available to families.

Cutting-edge technology has been introduced to give the youngsters greater independence, including special sensors on doors for wheelchair users, smart speakers in all bedrooms, and a new kitchen with counter tops that rise and fall.

David Robinson, chief executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “When we began drafting plans for the new hospice building we knew it would be good, but seeing it completed and watching how much the children and their families are enjoying the new facilities is quite overwhelming.

"We knew we wanted to lead the way in children’s palliative care and I am thrilled that our new facilities – along with the dedication of our staff and volunteers – allow us to do that. Derian House is now at the very pinnacle of care available to families."

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