A children’s hospice has unveiled a brand new look at the start of a year of 20th anniversary celebrations.

The new face of Derian House was unveiled by ‘Derian Danni’, the hospice’s new mascot.

The character’s appearance reflects the new logo, signs and website, all of which were updated to project more accurately what Derian House means to the families it supports in the 21st century.

Fundraising manager Susie Poppitt, said: “Derian Danni will be present at all major events and fund raising initiatives to encourage supporters to dig deep to enable the Chorley based hospice realise the funds it needs to survive.

“This year, we will need £2.9 million to enable us to continue our work and the hard work of Derian Danni and all our supporters and volunteers is more vital than ever.”

The hospice opened in 1993, to help the families whose children were facing life limiting conditions.

It offers a safe haven where families from throughout the region could spend precious final days with a seriously ill child.

Facilities for siblings, parents grandparents and the wider family offered a ‘home from home’, with expert support from the experienced hospice team.

Originally, Derian House supported only young children, but with the advances in medical science many of the children facing life limiting conditions have survived into young adulthood.

To accommodate the requirements of these young people, who are a very important part of the Derian family, the hospice has added the Lodge, a purpose built facility which opened in 2010.

The hospice supports families from across Lancashire and the South Lakes, providing a wide range of care, including end of life and respite care.