Francis House features in topical chat on Manchester City’s pre-match show

Manchester City Football Club's women’s team speak of their support of Francis House.

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As Manchester City went on to a goalscoring 4-0 victory over Watford in the Premier League, Francis House celebrated its own win after featuring in the pre-match studio discussion show ‘We’re Not Really Here’.

Guests from Manchester City’s women’s team, midfielder Jill Scott, and forward Caroline Weir joined presenters Cel Spellman and Natalie Paweleck, to discuss the build up to the much-anticipated game.

Speaking on the pre-match show about City’s involvement in community work, Caroline described Francis House as a ‘great place’ having previously visited the hospice as part of the club’s annual Christmas visits, to spread some cheer to local sick children.

She said: “It was incredible, the support that was there for the families and the good work that they do under difficult circumstances. Right now, they need as much support as possible and if anyone can help that would be great.”

Caroline Weir visited Francis House in 2018

Jill Scott backed up Caroline’s view after her own visit last Christmas in which she and fellow teammates, handed out signed photos, scarves, and gifts.

Jill said: “Obviously it’s heart-breaking when you go into these places because you know that there are going to be children there with life-threatening illnesses, but there was such a happiness around the place.

“The staff were amazing, and the kids were so happy as well. They also support the families which is great, so to hear that they are struggling at this time does make us all very sad.

“They are looking for donations so if anyone can help in any way it will be great for them to continue the great work that they do.”

Manchester City women's team players at Francis House

Jill Scott on a visit to Francis House in 2019.

Peter Forster, fundraising manager of Francis House said: “Thank you to Caroline and Jill for speaking so warmly and eloquently of their visits to Francis House and the support that the hospice offers to our children, young adults and families, we really appreciate your comments.”

Francis House is facing a shortfall in income from cancelled fundraising events of £250,000. Anyone wishing to donate to the Emergency Appeal can visit

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