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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

Key 103’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas gives families a special surprise

Families enjoyed an early Christmas treat courtesy of a Virtual Reality experience at Francis House. The cinema room was decked out with festive goodies as part of Key 103’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal, which asks people to buy an extra present to give to disabled and disadvantaged children

Francis House launches new film

A new film featuring families from Greater Manchester who receive respite care and support at Francis House has been launched. The video had its first screening at a Hollywood themed ball held at The Mere Resort and Spa on Friday December 1. More than five hundred guests attended the black

Simon cooks up a fundraising treat

Chef Simon Rimmer swapped the sequins of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ for his chef whites to cook up a vegetarian feast to raise funds for his local children’s hospice. Greens restaurant in West Didsbury played host to the evening of gourmet food to support Francis House. The Didsbury based hospice supports

Francis House support gives couple honeymoon break

Lynne and Simon Veichmanis were able to go on honeymoon thanks to the support provided by Francis House Children’s Hospice. The couple met fifteen years ago, and had their first child Jack, now 13, when Lynne was nineteen. Jack has cerebral palsy, but it was after the birth of their