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August 2012 – Sir Alex and Nathan Sturgeon Lay the First Cornerstone

Thursday 30th August 2012

Francis House Children’s Hospice completed an important corner in the next piece of their jigsaw on Thursday 30th August 2012, with the laying of a cornerstone in the wall of the new £3.5 million building extension.

The next piece in the jigsaw appeal saw Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson team up with Nathan Sturgeon who comes to the hospice for respite care.  Defender Jonny Evans added his support, along with actors from Coronation Street.  Built in 1991, the original seven bedroom hospice is to be retained and following the recent demolition of the adjacent building, construction work has begun on a new two storey seven bedroom extension and administration block.

The new building extension will see the edition of seven further bedrooms, doubling the size of the hospice. Each bedroom will be fitted with specially adapted PS3s, self-lowering wash basins and their own balconies overlooking a garden area.  The new facilities, that will also include a recording studio and cinema room, and communal lounge, will provide a place of relaxation for teenagers and young adults with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, and give their parents a break from their role as carers.

David Ireland, Chief Executive of Francis House said: “Sir Alex has been a great supporter of Francis House for many years and was good enough to help us launch the appeal. So we’re really pleased that he was able to come along to help us lay the first cornerstone.”