A morning volunteering with Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
26th February 2019
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An afternoon with Derian House Childrens Hospice

Thursday 28th February 2019 saw our Business Development Manager Jon McAlister complete 4 hours of volunteering with Derian House Childrens Hospice in Chorley.

The charity provides respite and end of life care to more than 300 children across the North West / 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a real focus on making sure that every child and young person who comes to Derian is able to make the very most of the time they have. The hospice offers a hydrotherapy pool, sensory pool, soft play, large inclusive playground suitable for wheel chair users, and a sensory garden full of the sights and textures of nature. There are also regular visits from a music therapist along with staff led trips to the zoo, seaside, local parks, and other days out following the interests of the children.

At Derian the whole family is offered a framework of support; with support for siblings, a grandparents bereavement group, and counselling sessions for families for as long as they need it. Despite the nature of the work, Derian is not a sad place, the corridors are full of joy and laughter as they do everything in their power to make sure the children and their families make precious memories together.


On arrival Jon met Abi Williamson who is the Corporate Partnership Manager for the Hospice. She kindly gave Jon a full tour of the hospice and it certainly highlighted the importance that fundraising plays. Jon was then met by Frank where he was then taken off to complete his volunteering by helping to maintain the grounds for one of the children’s play areas.

Jon commented;

‘’Derian House Childrens Hospice is a truly inspiring and amazing place with so many fantastic people working there. When being give a tour of the hospice by Abi I immediately picked up on what a ‘fun’ place it is where ‘special memories’ are created for the children and their families. It further highlighted to me the important role that both fundraising and volunteering plays for all associated with the hospice. I found it to be both a humbling and proud experience to give something back to a charity in the town I was raised. I have certainly made some new friends over there and will definitely be back in some capacity to help out in the future. Thank you to all at Derian House for making me feel so welcome yesterday, you are all brilliant people and a credit to the hospice’’

Well done Jon!