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Derian House aims to light up Lancashire to raise vital funds this Christmas

LANCASHIRE’S children’s hospice is challenging people to go all out with their Christmas decorations this year to help raise money for seriously ill children.

Derian House Children’s Hospice is launching Deck the Halls – a campaign to spread light and cheer across the county to mark the end of a difficult year.

The charity is asking the local community to create show-stopping festive displays on the outside of their homes and workplaces, to raise money and help look after the 400 babies, children and young people with life-limiting illnesses it cares for from across the North West this Christmas.

A map featuring all the best displays will be created so families can go on a tour of the area to see the best Christmas displays and donate.

Christmas, the excitement is building and many people have already began putting up decorations and lights in an effort to cure COVID blues.

According to a recent scientific study, putting up Christmas decorations early can in fact make people happier.

Chelsea Crossey, Event Coordinator at Derian House said:

“Untangling your fairy lights is a small step to making a big difference this Christmas and we’d love to see local schools and businesses taking part as well as homes. All you have to do is sign up to the trail, create a JustGiving page for your display and then have fun decorating!”

Derian House cares for more than 400 children and young people with life limiting illnesses, helping them make memories with their families. It costs £4.8 million to run services every year, and with less than 10% of this coming from government funding, Derian relies heavily on the support of the local community.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant a difficult year for the charity, with an expected loss of around £500,000 due to the forced cancellation of fundraising events and the closure of its charity shops.

To get involved with Deck the Halls, email: chelsea.crossey@derianhouse.co.uk.