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Derian House needs £2.9m every year / Abbey Telecom

Double celebrations: Abbey Telecom staff with Karen Dudleston of Derian House

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Derian House Children’s Hospice has found a new partner to celebrate it’s 20th birthday with.

Staff at Blackburn-based Abbey Telecom discovered that it shared the same milestone anniversary as the hospice after reading about fundraising appeals in the Lancashire Evening Post.

Now the company has formally adopted the facility in Astley Village, and has created an online animation video to promote it’s upcoming summer activities via social media.

Abbey Telecom managing director Tony Raynor said: “We’ve done bits and pieces of charity work over the years but we wanted to mark our 20th anniversary with some more formal, joined up support activity, both for now and in the future.

“When we read in the Lancashire Evening Post that Derian House was also celebrating its china anniversary this year, it seemed the perfect fit.

“Anyone currently working for a charity knows that it’s a challenging time for raising funds, so we thought that for starters the video would be a great way to give their campaign an additional push.

Derian House needs £2.9m every year to continue providing a range of palliative and respite care for children and youngsters aged up to 24.

Karen Dudleston from Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We were interested to hear that Abbey Telecom was also celebrating its 20th anniversary and thrilled when they approached us to adopt Derian House as their charity partner.

“We are very keen to get the company involved in spreading the word and working together throughout the year to help us reach our £3m fundraising target.

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