FAMILIES rubbed shoulders with celebrity guests at a star-studded birthday bash to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a Chorley-based children’s hospice.
The silver-themed party, held at Derian House Children’s Hospice, saw more than 100 families celebrating a quarter of a century of helping youngsters with life-limiting conditions to make the very most of every moment.
Lynn Grayson, Derian’s Clinical Director, told the assembled guests: “This day is all about recognising the special people at the heart of Derian House – our children, families, staff and volunteers.
“Over the last 25 years we’ve been privileged to care for and support some truly incredible families from all over the North West. Every single person who comes through these doors has left their mark, and we treasure the memories of those who are no longer with us.”
Party guests sang Happy Birthday and cut into a gigantic birthday cake baked by celebrity baker Molly Robbins, from Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers.
It was a family affair for the Robbinses – with Ted and Judy Robbins coming along to the bash in their role as proud Derian ambassadors.
Ted, an actor, TV presenter and radio broadcaster, said: “Every time I come to Derian it fills my heart with joy. Seeing what people face up to with courage and dignity is humbling and being here is just life-affirming. The birthday party has been full of fun and colour and Judy and I are so proud to be a part of it.”
As well as party games, entertainment and ice cream (kindly donated by Mrs Dowsons Farm) the guests had the first chance to meet Derian’s new Patron, Kiki DeVille – best known as judge on TV talent show All Together Now.
Kiki, whose son Dexter died at Derian aged just 4 weeks and 3 days in 2007, said: “It’s been so lovely to meet so many beautiful families today at the birthday party and I look forward to being a familiar face at Derian House. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to spread the word about this wonderful place.”
There was also live music by the Ukulele Band, giant bubble blowing by Emma from eBublio, and a chance to meet Elizabeth Grant, who was crowned Miss England 2016 and is Derian’s Fundraising Ambassador. Elizabeth is also part of the Derian family, having been part of the charity’s Sibling Support group when her sister Melanie was cared for at the hospice.
Derian House provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 350 children and young people across the North West. It costs £4 million a year to run the charity, more than 90% of which is reliant upon the generous donations of supporters.
Derian’s ethos is to make sure that every child and young person is able to make the most of the time they have and create happy memories with their family.
PHOTOCAPTION (L-R) Derian House Ambassadors Judy and Ted Robbins, Fundraising Ambassador Elizabeth Grant, Patron Kiki DeVille and entertainer Barrington cutting the cake baked by Ted and Judy’s daughter Molly Robbins.
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