Lawrie Wilson and Tony Kelly visit Derian House Children's Hospice

Pair pay special visit to local children's hospice based in Chorley

Lawrie Wilson and Community Ambassador Tony Kelly paid a special visit to Derian House Children’s Hospice late last month.

The pair visited the centre, which the club have worked closely with for a number of years, to show their support for Tex Leece, Stephen Knowles and Jimmy McKay – a member of staff at Bolton Whites Hotel.

The trio recently completed the IRONMAN challenge in a bid to raise funds for Derian, with Jimmy a regular competitor.

And following the recent event, they all paid a special visit to the hospice alongside the duo to see just where their money will go.

Speaking about the hospice, Wilson said, "It really was an incredible experience to see the hard work of Derian House first hand.

"It's an amazing facility and I feel genuinely humbled to have visited the centre where everybody made us feel so welcome. It was a pleasure to meet everybody too."

Derian House itself is renowned throughout the region as being at the forefront of children’s palliative and respite care.

Families who have a child with a life shortening condition can choose from a range of care and support services to meet their Family Support, and end of life care, either at home, or in Derian House. 

The emphasis is on giving support to children and their families, and providing them with choices which deliver an approach to care as individual as they are.

The organisation has an enviable reputation in setting exceptionally high standards in children’s hospice care. 

With a catchment area covering the whole of Lancashire and the South Lakes, it is currently supporting more than 300 families who have a child or young adult suffering from a life shortening condition, as well as providing bereavement support for a further 200 families.

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