The 16 years old hospice which has nine beds and assists more than 240 families across the North West will be the first charitable beneficiary of the new group which will stage monthly business networking meetings across the county.
Karen Tems, one of the two founders of the Network said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Derian House as our chosen charity. This is a wonderful charity which, through its hard work, brings much needed support and assistance to some very tragic families.
“I know the new members of the network will be aware of the very valuable work carried out by Derian House and will be keen to help in any way.”
Co-founder Helen Riley added: “We know how much business network members have raised for charities associated with groups in other parts of the country and we want to replicate that generosity here in Lancashire.
“The business network is not only a forum for building new contacts and generating new business for its members, it can also be used to help those in need within its communities and I know our members will strive to do all they can for Derian House.
“Of course we also intend to invite other charities to join our group as a range of charitable organisations have enjoyed considerable benefits by joining Business Networks elsewhere in the country.”
Mr Alasdair Swan, General Manager of Derian House said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen as the nominated charity for the new Business Network Central and East Lancashire and look forward to a long relationship.
“Our running costs this year stand at £1.85 million of which less than ten per cent comes from the Government. Therefore fund raising and public support is essential for us to continue with our work.
“The new wing that is currently under construction is due to open next year will add a further half million to our income requirements next year so this support from the Business Network is very welcome.
“Contacts and support from the general public and the business community is crucial for our very survival that is why I am planning to become a member of the Business Network where I hope to establish valuable links with a range of businesses and potential supporters.”
Doors open to Central & East Lancashire’s first monthly Business Network meeting at 11.45 am on Thursday October 22 at Preston’s Marriott Hotel. Visitors enjoy an open networking session, after registration, before sitting down to a two course lunch. The meeting finishes at 2.00pm.
To register for a place at the inaugural meeting contact:
Helen on 07812 585402 - helen.riley@
Or Karen on 07967 350509 – karen@business-