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David Lee and Tony Kelly attend Derian House Children's Hospice's Sports Day

23 May 2018

David Lee and Tony Kelly paid a special visit to Derian House on Tuesday afternoon to help celebrate Children's Hospice Week with the organisation.

A Monday to Friday event, Tuesday afternoon saw the residents, staff and youngsters take part in a special sports day with support from various local clubs including Wanderers, Leigh Centurions and Chorley FC amongst others.

Hosted within Derian House's grounds, the children, their parents, siblings and sporting guests took part in a number of games, including sack, egg and spoon and three-legged races.

And in line with the club's support of the charity, particularly during the 2017/18 campaign where they were named as Bolton Wanderers' National Charity of the Year, Lee and Kelly made the short journey to their base in Euxton to join in the fun.

Meeting and greeting those in attendance, including Wanderers fans, the pair got stuck into proceedings in the glorious Chorley sunshine as the charity - who are currently celebrating their 25th year - aimed to bring smiles to the youngsters' faces.

Speaking following the visit, Lee - whose Under-23 side recently secured regional and national title successes - said, "It's been brilliant coming down here - it really does put everything into perspective in terms of what we all have in our lives.

"When you come to somewhere like Derian House though, it really does hit home hard in regards to what the parents have to go through and the disabilities that these children have.

"From Derian House's perspective though, they do a fantastic job and if we can help them in any way, like coming down here to this brilliant sports day, then we'll do just that and long may it continue.

"When you've got children of your own, it makes you feel so humbled to come to a venue like this who look after the youngsters and give their families the respite that they need.

"They made sure everyone was involved today, regardless of their disabilities, and that was fantastic to see, while everybody won a medal too which was brilliant.

"All in all, it's just been a superb afternoon and we're delighted to have been able to join them for it."

Kelly reiterated Lee's sentiments by adding, "I've been to Derian on a number of occasions before and it always hits home with me.

"There are always people who need your support and we're very lucky to be in a position where we can do just that.

"They do a brilliant job for the kids and it was just lovely to see a lot of smiles on faces during our visit.

"I spoke to a family who are from Crosby and they've been coming here for 17 years - this place is an absolute godsend for them and it's been so important for them for all those years.

"All I will say is to everybody, if you can help Derian House in any way, please do because it's a wonderful, wonderful place."

For more information on Derian House Children's Hospice, please visit www.derianhouse.co.uk.


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