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Crafters Respond to Plea for Knitted Chicks

The Francis House Easter Chick Knit 2015 resulted in 8,251 woolly creations from as far away as France, Spain, South Africa and Australia, winging their way into the hospice, topping last year's total of 6,300 chicks. The £1 chicks, filled with chocolate eggs donated by individuals, local businesses and supermarkets,

Visit from TV Auctioneer

TV auctioneer and antiques expert Charles Hanson, a regular on the BBC’s The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, left his gavel at home for a day to visit Francis House.   In December 2014, Charles presided over the auction at our gala charity ball held at Mere Golf Resort.  

Winter Newsletter

Francis House Winter News

Tributes to Former Francis House Chairman Robin Wood

Former chairman of Francis House Robin Wood, died aged 85 on 5th January 2015 after becoming unwell over Christmas.  Robin Wood, from Ilkley only recently retired from the Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees in July, 2014 after serving 22 years. Robin chaired his first meeting on February 22, 1992. 

Time With You – A new video highlighting our services and the care we provide to the children, teenagers, young adults and their families is available to view from our website we’d like to thank everyone who participated in the filming. The music track has kindly been provided by local artist and

Summer Newsletter

Francis House Summer News

Francis House Chairman Retires After 22 Years

A lot has happened in the 22 years since Robin Wood became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Francis House Children's Hospice.  As Robin, now 84, retires from the chairmanship of the charity and cause that he had dedicated his life to, he recalls the moment he met a formidable

Launch of our new building for teenagers and young adults

A launch was held on 6th May 2014 to mark the completion of our new 3.5 million extension. In recognition of the extraordinary generosity shown by former Harrods owner Mr Mohamed Al Fayed a plaque was unveiled on the Fundraising building.  Mr Al Fayed was joined by his daughter, Camilla

Key 103 Cash for Kids

This years Key 103 Cash for Kids has so far raised £51,646 for Francis House! The Superhero Day on Friday 2nd May 2014 saw hundreds of schools, local businesses and individuals together with the radio station's presenters dress up as Superheroes and raise funds towards our new audio visual 'Pod'.

Knit a Chick for 2014 – Appeal Update

More than 6,300 chicks were sold this year raising thousands of pounds!  Our dedicated chick knitters once again got their needles out to help raise funds.  We were supported by knitters from as far a field as the Orkney Islands, Cornwall, even Italy, Spain and France! If you fancy knitting