Festival of Trees

Francis House is hoping for a flurry of bids in the final few days of its annual Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees on display at the Lowry Outlet

Festival of Trees display at the Lowry Outlet open until Sunday Dec 16.

Almost fifty trees packed with goodies and decorated by local and national organisations, social clubs and groups, are up for grabs at the Lowry Outlet, Salford Quays to whoever places the highest bid.

More than £8,000 has already been pledged thanks to generous festive-seeking visitors. The funds raised will help provide respite care to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Susie Denwood owner of Susie’s Boutique in Romiley, jumped at the chance to donate a tree to the appeal.

Susie Denwood decorating a tree
Susie Denwood, owner of Susie’s Boutique

The bidding on Susie’s tree of hand-made decorations, jewellery and accessories currently stands at £200.

Christmas tree Sponsors include Tesco, Mottram Hall, Homebase and Swizzels Matlow.  For the twelfth year running the retail unit has been generously donated free of charge by the Lowry Outlet.

A tree from Towers Business Park that includes hundreds of pounds in Marks & Spencers and Harrods hamper vouchers has seen bidding exceed £600.

For a chance to take home a tree in time for Christmas members of the public must place a bid before Sunday, Dec 9. The display and shop will remain open to the public until Dec 16.

“I couldn’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit and am delighted to take part in the Festival of Trees again this year. I am looking forward to someone who loves a bit of glamour owning the tree. I hope it raises lots of money for a great cause."

Susie Denwood, owner Susie's Boutique


Francis House is also an official partner of #UKCharityWeek (3-9 Dec) designed to give people the opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda at a time of year when people are statistically at their most giving.

Rachel and Ellie wearing Christmas jumpers
Hold a Christmas jumper day

Join in by donning a festive pully during Christmas Jumper Day, Friday, Dec 7, and make a donation to the hospice.  To get involved call the fundraising team on 0161 443 2200.

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