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Open day reveals upgraded facilities

Anyone who has visited us on an Open Day will know that Francis Lodge, the teenager and young adults facility is very up to date, incorporating state of the art technology. Francis House for children and families, on the other hand is over 26 years old and whilst very comfortable,

College campus named after Kirsty

The Manchester College and parent organisation the Learning Training Employment Group has named their Wythenshawe site Howard House in honour of former student Kirsty Howard. Kirsty’s family were VIP guests at an unveiling ceremony of a plaque announcing the new name of the recently-refurbished site to guests from the community,

Bury College backs Easter appeal

Staff and students from Bury College proud supporters of the 2018 Francis House Easter Knitted Chick appeal. The college-wide Easter initiative saw staff from across Bury College knitting chicks which were sold to raise money for the hospice. Last year, the chick appeal raised £50,000 for the hospice that provides

Winter Newsletter

Click on our Winter Newsletter to read all the latest news from Francis House. Included in this edition: Our video stars Volunteers we need YOU Make a Will Make a Difference

Easter Chick Knit

When post by the sack load starts to arrive at Francis House in the run up to Easter, everyone knows what is inside. From across Greater Manchester and the globe, the word has spread among the knitting community, that Francis House needs their support for the Easter Knitted Chick appeal. Last

The hunt is on for the Didsbury Easter chicks

The windows of twenty shops and businesses in and around Didsbury Village, are now home to a band of giant knitted chicks as part of the Francis House 'Great Didsbury Easter Chick Hunt’. The handmade chicks for the Chick Hunt are styled with aprons, fashion accessories and even a violin,

Volunteers needed at Francis House

Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of Francis House. We are in need of extra support for people to volunteer their time on the reception desk and in the kitchens at our Didsbury hospice. Our volunteers are aged between 20 and 92 years and together currently provide more than 275

Easter chicks spread their wings

Our Easter knitted chick appeal has gained new supporters from exotic climes, after a knitting group in East Africa gave it a helping hand. Soft Power Education is a charity working in Bujagali, close to the River Nile in rural Eastern Uganda. The idea to involve the knitting group came

United stars visit Francis House

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick, alongside defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, spent time with children and young adults at Francis House Children’s Hospice in the run up to Christmas. The surprise visit, organised annually by the Manchester United Foundation, sees players visiting poorly youngsters in hospitals around Manchester over

Hollywood Christmas Ball

More than 400 guests at the Francis House ‘Hollywood Christmas Ball’ enjoyed an evening of classical Hollywood glitz and glamour at The Mere Golf and Spa Resort near Knutsford. After enjoying a delicious three course meal, auctioneer and compere Thomas Plant from televisions  ‘Bargain Hunt’ and ‘Flog it’, delighted the