Bolton School Junior Boys

Boys' Help for Derian House

Junior Boys at Bolton School have made a donation of £2,802.22 to Derian House Children's Hospice.

The money represented half of an amount raised back in June when the whole school of 200 boys undertook their annual Fun Run in fancy dress around a 400m circuit for half an hour. The other half of the money was donated to Cancer Research.

Mrs Pat Burrow of Derian House spoke to the boys in their whole school assembly where she was presented with the cheque. She thanked the boys for their fundraising and explained why it was important. It was her first visit to Bolton School Junior Boys and she noted "it is a lovely school". Mrs Burrow told the boys the story of how Derian House was formed. The name came from two boys' names, Derek and Ian. Derek had been very ill for a long time and this was hard for his brother Ian and his parents. They received no help and after his death decided to raise money to build Derian House (based in Chorley). With a lot of help from all sorts of people they raised the required £1m and it opened in 1993.

She explained to the boys that Derian House is a happy place and children do not just stay in bed every day.  People visit and help out with fundraising including professional footballers, the cast from Coronation Street, the fire brigade and police. Also, animals are brought in which the children enjoy including a large rabbit (pushed about in a pram) called Michael and a big cuddly dog. The children enjoy a computer room and a room where they can go and shout and the light comes on, and they are encouraged to be creative through artwork.  Friends and relatives also come and visit the centre regularly.

Derian House receives very little money from the government and needs to raise £2.2m pa to run the centre. It has 9 beds and now, also, spaces for 4 young adults.  The centre is for children from birth to 23 years of age and the Young Adult Centre opened on 1 November a much needed addition as young people live longer due to better treatment and medicines. The money raised by the Junior Boys will go towards furnishings in the new adult centre.

Year three pupils hand over the cheque

Year 3 pupils Leo McCracken-Swift and Tom Hussain with Headmaster, Mr Stephen Whittaker and Pat Burrows from Derian House