Heads were turned yesterday afternoon when a bed carrying a charity mascot and the mayor of Chorley made its way through the town centre.
Staff from Derian House Children’s Hospice were out in force to launch the Derian Dreams campaign, taking to Astley Park and the streets of Chorley to spread the word, supported by Coun Marion Lowe and her consort, Adrian.
The charity will host a number of sleep-related events throughout the year, from a sponsored midnight ‘sleep walk’ in May to a Dream Ball in September.
Senior fund-raiser, Susie Poppitt, said: “Everyone knows what it’s like to have a bad night’s sleep, and the idea behind this campaign is that for families who have a poorly child, their sleep is very much affected.
“We want to raise awareness but we’re also hoping the public will get on board with some wild and wacky ideas for raising money in a host of fun ways too.
“We’d like companies to do raffles to offer employees a ‘duvet day’ – an extra day’s holiday for the person who wins the raffle.
“We’d also like schools to organise ‘bed head’ days where children go in with messy hair and make a donation. We’ve actually published an A to Z of Derian Dreams fund-raising ideas, which people can find out more about on our website.”
She added: “I think this theme appeals to all age ranges – children can do pyjama parties and adults could arrange a moonlight dinner party. There are so many opportunities to get involved.”
To find out more about the appeal, visit http://derianhouse.net-work.net/.