THE sun shone at the Derian House Gala Garden Party and Country Fair at the weekend.

Thousands flocked to the Chorley-based children’s hospice to enjoy family fun including live music, morris dancing, food and drink stalls, and more.

Children had fun on the fairground, donkey rides and face-painting stall, while there were wood-fired pizzas and ice cream rolls to enjoy, and gin and prosecco cocktails for mums and dads.

Entertainment included music from Magic Voices Choir, Phoenix Ukulele Band, Artisan Brass Band, Skylarks Choir and the Red Rosettes Barbershop Singers.

There was also a dancing display from Platt Bridge Morris Dancers and drumming from DHOL Players.

Visitors browsed stalls selling toys, crafts, gifts and food from Taste of Lancashire Farmers Market, or just enjoyed the sunshine with a picnic.

Over at the hospice, staff led tours around the building, showcasing the important work the charity does offering specialist respite, palliative and end-of- life care to children and young people across the North West.

David Robinson, interim chief operations officer of Derian House, said: “What a fantastic day we all had.

“ It was wonderful to see our families and supporters enjoying the sunshine and spending time together, while raising vital funds for Derian House.

“The event was a celebration of Derian’s 25th anniversary, and it was only possible thanks to our volunteers, staff, families, visitors and supporters who pulled together to make it such a huge success. Thank you to you all – it’s only with your help and loyal support that these events can happen.”

The charity is celebrating 25 years of care and is challenging supporters to incorporate ‘25’ into their fund-raising.

To find out more and get involved, call 01257 271 271