Derian House bedding appeal is covered

Adam Rigby and Derian House's fund-raising manager Sophie Saunders, with some of the bedding donations
Adam Rigby and Derian House's fund-raising manager Sophie Saunders, with some of the bedding donations

A Chorley man has donated more than £1,000 of bedding sets to a children’s hospice after he put out an appeal to the local community.

A Chorley man has donated more than £1,000 of bedding sets to a children’s hospice after he put out an appeal to the local community.

Adam Rigby and Derian House's fund-raising manager Sophie Saunders, with some of the bedding donations

Adam Rigby and Derian House's fund-raising manager Sophie Saunders, with some of the bedding donations

Derian House has received 40 new sets of bedding as well as craft supplies and cash donations, after an appeal by a local fund-raiser struck a chord with schools and businesses.

Adam Rigby visited the children’s hospice earlier this year and was struck in particular by how much bedding they go through, as each set has to be boil washed as part of strict infection control.

He set about contacting schools, nurseries and businesses throughout Chorley, and both Adam and Derian House have been overwhelmed by the response.

In addition to the masses of new bedding that arrived at the hospice, a donation of £400 worth of arts and craft supplies was made by Tesco in Chorley, who also helped spread awareness of the appeal.

TVS Supply Chain Solutions, based in Buckshaw Village, heard about the appeal and made a cash donation, as did Cisco Systems, who are Adam’s employer.

Children at Parklands High School in Chorley also raised funds to buy 15 sets of bedding before breaking up for the summer.

Adam said: “I had thought about doing something for Derian House for quite a while, but something seemingly ‘more important’ would always crop up.

“With some approaching time off work I knew there were no excuses, so I visited to find out what I could do.

“Many of us have pre-conceptions that hospices are solemn environments, but as I walked through the colourful corridors decorated with artwork produced by the children, I found that the children seemed to really enjoy being there, as they took part in all sorts of fun activities with the staff.

“Sadly there is also the wing of the hospice that tends to children who are at the stage where they require palliative and end-of-life care. Seeing areas such as the reflection room, a place where families can go to have time to themselves which displays a photo of each child that has passed away at Derian, is truly heart breaking.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to donate and let them know how nice the children’s bedrooms now look thanks to their generosity. “

Sophie Saunders, fund-raising manager at Derian House, said: “We are very grateful to Adam because he put in such a lot of hard work in a very short space of time and the bedding and donations we’ve received will make such a huge difference to us.

“He is a truly inspirational figure because he decided to just go out there and fundraise in a really energetic way and not take ‘no’ for an answer.

“Thank you as well to all the schools and businesses who responded to his appeal – we couldn’t do what we do without you.”