Top skater Dan: It’s an honour to be able to help

Brian House clinical manager Lorraine Cundy shows Dan Whiston a book containing the stories of patients who have been at the children's hospice.
Brian House clinical manager Lorraine Cundy shows Dan Whiston a book containing the stories of patients who have been at the children's hospice.
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Celebrity skater Dan Whiston has thrown his support behind The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

Blackpool-born Dan is a patron of Brian House children’s hospice, and said it was important the people of Blackpool and the Fylde joined in to help raise vital funds for a much needed refurbishment at the Bispham hospice.

Dan said: “It’s really exciting if they can get the money to do this. It’s a great hospice which does so much for people in critical conditions, but it’s 17 years old and is starting to show wear and tear.

“It needs money to be put back into it.”

Dan has been a big supporter of Brian House for several years, before he came to the nation’s attention as a star of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

He said: “It started when I was younger and was in a Christmas ice show.

“It’s an honour really to be able to help these amazing kids in anyway I can.”

And as a long-standing support, Dan likes to visit the staff and children at the hospice whenever he gets time.

“It’s really important to me that whenever I have some down time I go and see the kids and have a cup of tea with the staff - it’s an amazing team there,” he said.

“People probably imagine Brian House being a place of sadness, but it’s a place where there is a lot of love.

“I’ve heard some tragic stories from families, but they all say Brian House has been so supportive of them.”

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.