Each year the whole Chorley Building Society team focus on raising funds and supporting a local charity throughout the year. The charity is selected by our Members and colleagues and becomes our chosen charity for the coming year!
Over the last couple of months we have received applications from many North West charities and our colleagues have voted for their top three.
Read our summaries below of these fantastic charities and vote online. You will also be able to vote in branch.
Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 450 seriously ill babies, children and young people from across the North West. The charity has been offering families a home from home for almost 30 years, and helps them to make the very most of the time they have, creating precious memories to last a lifetime. Derian House offers respite and end of life care, as well as support services for the whole family such as bereavement counselling for parents, grandparents and siblings for as long as they need it. The charity operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never closes to families who need it. Families enjoy coming to the hospice for splash sessions in the hydrotherapy pool, to visit the state-of-the-art cinema, or to enjoy an afternoon in the sensory room. Although services are free to families, it costs £5 million to run every year. With just 12% of funding coming from the NHS, the charity relies heavily on the support of its generous donors to continue to look after families now and in the future. One dad, Zahid, whose baby son “Little Zed” was born with a rare disorder and came to Derian House to help the family settle into a routine before going home, said: “For the first time since our baby was born we’ve had the opportunity to live like a family. The team is amazing, they’ve taken so much pressure off us and I won’t forget this experience for the rest of my life.”
|St Catherine’s Hospice
St Catherine’s Hospice is a local hospice based in Lostock Hall, caring for patients and families across Central Lancashire, including Chorley. The hospice delivers palliative care in our 19-bed Inpatient Unit, in the community through our Clinical Nurse Specialists, at our Lymphoedema clinic and through our support team. The care we provide aims to avoid the need for hospital admission, keeping 250 people at home every day. Following medical referral, our consultant led services help people to live as fully as possible and when death comes, to be supported practically and compassionately along with their family and friends for as long as needed. The provision of a holistic service for individuals and their loved ones is fundamental to the operation of St Catherine’s, its aim being to care for the whole person from the end of curative treatment to post bereavement.
“When we arrived at St Catherine’s, a huge storm became an oasis of calm. When my wife took her last breath, it was like she had been mended and was pain free.” Brian.
The hospice has been helping people for over 35 years and aims to continue to care for our local community into the future.
|MS Society Chorley & Leyland
MS Society -Chorley & Leyland Group wish to improve the support they offer to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in our community. Local people with MS have told the charity that social isolation becomes more of a concern as their disease progresses. So taking up these concerns, the charity are specifically setting out to improve how they provide a range of health related activities to include an environment where people with MS, their families and carers can socialise in a friendly and supportive way.
During lockdown they had to take activities online and offered weekly social gatherings virtually. The charity have also been offering weekly online seated Pilates and exercise classes which have been well attended and we are intending to continue with these for people who find it difficult to leave the house. They offer weekly hydrotherapy sessions in a community pool where people affected by MS can exercise with less pain than they feel on dry land.
The group have started meeting face to face again in local cafes and hope to build up a schedule of socials and exercise classes in the New Year so that people with MS can come with friends and relatives to socialise in a supportive and understanding environment. In addition, they provide home based therapies for people with MS whose disability precludes them from getting out. Their therapists are selected on their ability to bring the life of the community into the home as well as for their professional expertise.
You can vote using the buttons below. All votes must be received by Saturday 29th January.