Treats galore in hospice week

The youngsters at Brian House had some very special visitors to mark Children's Hospice Week.

Friday, 25th May 2018, 2:05 pm
Updated Friday, 25th May 2018, 2:06 pm
Steven Croft and Dan Whiston with youngsters at Brian House

Cricketer Steven Croft and ice dancing star Dan Whiston were among those who came to came to call, while staff dressed in panto costumes in an effort to make as many memories as possible for the children and their families.

The youngsters were also treated to a display of small animals and artefacts from Blackpool Zoo, including a tenrec, a cockroach and a snake.

Steven, who is supporting Brian House as he celebrates his testimonial year, said: “It was great to see the children exploring the different animals and items from Blackpool Zoo, and I really enjoyed being part of the experience to make memories for these children.

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“I’m amazed at what goes on in Brian House. It’s not a place of sadness at all, as you might expect, but a place where children can really have fun and do things they would never be able to do otherwise.

“I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for everyone who makes Brian House what it is.”

Dan, who has long been a supporter of Brian House, said: “It’s always an absolute delight to come to Brian House and just be part of the day.

“I’ve come to learn that a normal day at Brian House is an extraordinary day anywhere else, and it’s a total pleasure to have been able to visit for Children’s Hospice Week.

“I am honoured to be able to support this fantastic and vital facility.”

Throughout the week the children also enjoyed an owl display and a visit by Sea Life Blackpool.

Brian House clinical manager Carol Wylde (pictured inset) said: “It was a wonderful week. It was all about making lasting memories, and I think we did just that.

“It was lovely to be able to welcome back Steven and Dan, and see them get involved in the activities with the children.

“I hope we’ve been able to make some memories for them too.”