Francis House wins £1,000 Movement for Good Award

Francis House has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group thanks to nominations from the public.

Care team staff and child with tamborine

The Didsbury based hospice is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

The donation will fund further Pure Air mattress system’s which can be inflated or deflated to help relieve pressure on different parts of the body. Many of the children who come to the hospice for respite, have complex medical needs and are unable to turn over or make themselves comfortable in bed. The lack of movement can lead to painful pressure sores.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Over 13,000 charities were nominated by more than 210,000 members of the public.

The hospice cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. With family flats, seven children’s bedrooms and seven young adult bedrooms, holistic care is provided to the whole family. Comfortable surroundings in a home-from-home environment, ensures the children and their parents receive a well-earned rest.

“Our dedicated care team, work with the families to give the children the best experiences possible. Each bedroom is individual and decorated using colours of the rainbow and equipped with televisions, PlayStations and hoists which give the young people valuable independence."

Julie Williams, Francis House fundraising officer

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who nominated us to receive this award. With increasing numbers of children and families needing our support we are truly grateful to have been awarded this donation,” said Julie.

Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top corporate donors to charity. It has donated over £99m to charity since 2016 and is aiming to reach its target of giving more than £100m by the end of 2021.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, says: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good awards. Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers.

“As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

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