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3 ways you can help Francis House Childrens Hospice

Despite the on-going impact Covid-19 is having on fundraising activities at Francis House Children's Hospice, here are three ways that the public can help raise much-needed funds.

3 ways you can help Francis House Childrens Hospice

"As we begin to plan our way out of the Covid-19 lockdown we are looking forward to seeing our incredible supporters crossing the finishing line on what we hope will be an unforgettable day."
Julie Williams, Francis House fundraising officer

Run the distance

The hospice is seeking enthusiastic runners to support them in two mass participation events.

First up, a fantastic opportunity for anyone dreaming of running in the prestigious Virgin Money London Marathon.

With one charity place left up for grabs, a dedicated individual - who can commit to raising a target of £2,500 - could be joining 50,000 participants taking on the traditional course from London’s Blackheath to The Mall on Sunday, October 3.

Closer to home, discounted charity places are filling up fast for the North West’s most popular running event and the biggest 10km run in Europe. The Great Manchester Run is now scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 26 after event organisers moved it from its usual May date.

Fundraising Officer Julie Williams said: “As we begin to plan our way out of the Covid-19 lockdown we are looking forward to seeing our incredible supporters crossing the finishing line in Manchester on what we hope will be an unforgettable day.

“Everyone who signed up for the postponed event last year will be offered places, and this year more than ever, we need people to run for Francis House and try to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship to help support local families of children with life-limiting conditions.”

The hospice is offering a discounted entry of £30 for the 10k and £35 for the Half Marathon.  For running event information visit the Events page on the website.

Sell Easter chicks

The fundraising team are also seeking supporters for the Easter Chick appeal – the hospice’s biggest annual Easter fundraising event.

The hugely popular appeal sees tens thousands of knitted chicks filled with a creme egg sold in schools, stores, and businesses across Greater Manchester to raise funds.

Although significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, thousands of chicks are now ready to find new homes and chick appeal organiser Rachel Astill is urging schools, nurseries, offices, and shops to come forward to sell the chicks for £1 each.

“Our appeal was hit hard last year due to the closure of so many venues. Despite the setback, more than £30,000 was raised thanks to everyone who helped out in the most challenging of circumstances.

“We can now supply boxes of chicks and bunnies, collection tubs and posters and are looking for outlets to sell them before Easter as well as make donations of crème eggs.”

Contact the fundraising office on 0161 443 2200 or fundraising@francishouse.org.uk if you can help.

Shop Co-op and earn rewards

Residents of Wythenshawe, Northenden and Didsbury, can help raise vital funds whilst they shop. Francis House has been selected as a beneficiary of the Co-op Local Community Fund and is linked to food stores and funeral care branches in these areas.

Co-op members can choose Francis House from one of three causes to support.  As well as making a difference to their local children’s hospice, shoppers can earn themselves rewards when purchasing selected products and services. To become a Co-op member costs £1 and anyone interested can visit Co-op causes Francis House.

Based in Didsbury, Francis House Children’s Hospice supports families from across Greater Manchester including Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale, Manchester, Salford and Trafford. All services are given free of charge and include respite care, home care, sibling support, end of life care, emotional and bereavement support.



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