Derian Returns and Rotary continues with support

Rotary continues to support local charities

 Rotary continues to support as Derian House returns


Despite the lockdown Wigan rotary has continued to support charities and community groups, often virtually through zoom or other media platforms. One such charity is Derian House the children’s hospice.


Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The respite breaks give families a chance to re-charge their batteries, or simply spend time together as a family without worrying about the medical side of their child’s care.

When it comes to end-of-life care, the aim is to make the most difficult time a family will have to go through the best it can be, whether this is at Derian House or at home.

They cannot change a diagnosis, but the experienced team of palliative care nurses can offer support, comfort, reassurance, and instil a sense of calm. They are always on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For Derian House to provide these services in 2020 it will cost £4.8m, with less than 10% of this coming from any statutory sources. The remaining 90% they must raise themselves through the kind support of members of the public, local businesses and grants or trusts. Not only does Rotary support  financially but the added awareness  created  along the way is priceless.


This poem was written and read by Mick Croskery, (Community Fundraising Manager) at a recent Rotary Meeting via Zoom and it highlights the return to some normally after lockdown


Derian Returns

 The doors of Derian are now open once more

to let us help those who need our support

No longer are the corridors quiet as a mouse

There are children around in their self-titled “second house”

Our staff are obeying by all the new COVID rules

Although reading them can be confusing and let’s face it - a snooze

But the rules that can change nearly 10 times a day

Are crucial to the ways that children stay or play


For what feels like the whole year we’ve been doing things all strange

Guidance on working and eating is constantly changed

Can we meet in groups of six? Thirty? inside or outside?

I’m super confused, is it law or just a guide?!

Different counties and towns have their own rules as well

If you cross a border, will you feel immediately unwell?

Are Boris’s latest rules going to be a miss? or a hit?

I’m by no means political but it’s all a load of – rubbish.


Fundraising, as you know - is still a struggle right now

People are struggling with direction – what? Why? When? Or How?

Long standing supporters have been there for us throughout

With the interests of our children who they won’t see “wi nowt”

Rotarians of Wigan – please hear me when I say

Again, I’m so thankful for your kind invite today

Your donations mean so much to the families we support

And I’m sure I can speak for them when I send you their thoughts.