Image of Stephen Parker from System Hygiene who is running the Blackpool Half Marathon


Stephen ‘The Power’ Parker raised an impressive £565 for Derian House when family and friends at System Hygiene sponsored him to complete the Blackpool Half Marathon.

“I couldn’t wait for the day of the fundraiser.” said Stephen. “I practised all year-round with gym work, cross-training and several long distance runs each week to build up my stamina ahead of the 21km challenge."

And there was a very good reason behind Stephen’s gruelling fitness regime. He was aiming to fundraise £500 for Derian House, the children’s hospice that is based in Chorley, Lancashire.

He explains, “Derian House does fantastic work in caring for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Right now, the charity is supporting more than 300 families across the North West with a range of personalised care and support services, either at home or in their hospice, in addition to bereavement support for a further 200 families. Derian House is with those families through the highs and lows of their illness, and beyond.”

The Blackpool Half Marathon took place on 28th April and saw more than 5,000 runners complete the 21 kilometre course around the resort’s coastal front.

“We’re thrilled at Stephen’s efforts,” said Elaine Middleton, Corporate Fundraiser at Derian House. “Our work here at Derian House makes a huge difference to people’s lives, and we need to raise £3.95m annually to continue doing it. We are very grateful for the generosity of everyone at System Hygiene for sponsoring Stephen, because it will make a real difference to the families we care for.”

In further support for the children’s hospice, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, Derian House is also the nominated charity at System Hygiene.

Liam Havlin, Sales Manager at System Hygiene, explains, “We wanted to mark Derian House’s passion and commitment by helping make their anniversary year a year to remember. We have supported the charity through events and fundraising and will continue to do so. It’s a real privilege to play a part in helping them continue their fantastic work.”

Stephen concludes, “Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Every penny raised will help Derian House provide a much-needed lifeline for the many children and families that the charity supports throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. I’m very proud that we all got behind such a good cause.”

Stephen joined System Hygiene in 2006 on a Modern Apprenticeship before various promotions led him to the role of Operations Supervisor.

Donations to Derian House can still be made on Stephen’s Just Giving page, at:

To find out more about how Stephen's fundraising is helping Derian House to bring comfort and love to those it cares for, please visit:



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