I have worked at Derian House for several years, providing interactive music sessions for the children. Derian is such a special place and I feel privileged to be a part of it. My students and I sometimes use our shows and events to fundraise for Derian. Below is some information about why Derian is so special.
At Derian House, our goal is to bring love, laughter and specialist support to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
We provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 300 children and young people across the North West. We do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We never close to those who need us.
When families come to Derian for respite stays, our nurses take the strain of the medical side of the care, giving them the time and space to just be a family making happy memories.
At Derian, our staff pride themselves on getting to know the unique needs of every single child and their family, so we can meet their individual support needs. This could include respite care, support for siblings, fun days out, friendship with others in a similar situation, or bereavement counselling for as long as they need it.
Families also love coming to use our hydrotherapy pool, attending music therapy sessions, playgroup, coffee mornings and pet therapy.
Despite the nature of our work, Derian House is not a sad place; our corridors are full of joy and laughter as we do everything in our power to make sure our children and their families make precious memories together.
But we can’t do it alone. To run our service costs £4 million very year. Only a small percentage of this comes from the government. For the rest, we rely on fundraising and the generosity of the people in the North West.