Become a regular giver

Why regular donors are making a big difference to Francis House Children’s Hospice.

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As a charity we rely on the generosity of people from across the north west and beyond to help keep the doors of Francis House open. Donations made by our fantastic supporters enable us to provide round the clock care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions and complex needs.

Donations reach us in a variety of ways – as a result of a sporting challenge, a gift made in memory of a loved one or by taking part in one of our fun events! But it’s the regular donations made every month that help us to plan ahead and keep our vital services running.

Did you know?

More than 625 individuals and businesses currently give on a regular basis to Francis House. This contributes an average of £87,000 (including Gift Aid from UK tax payers) every single year!

Regular donations made year on year make a big difference to Francis House by helping us to save time and money, allowing us to make plans and have a sustained long-term impact on the lives of the children, young people and families that we support.

The total yearly running cost of Francis House is £4.8 million – or to put it another way that’s £13,150.00 per day to run the hospice. We work hard to ensure your donations are spent wisely and out of every £1 we spend 89p goes towards charitable work.

Make a monthly donation

A UK Giving Report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) found that the typical monthly donation remains at £20 - unchanged since 2017.
Giving a donation of £500 or more to a single cause would put a donor in the top 1% of givers.

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Mike’s story

Mike HowellsHowells Railway Products Ltd have been donating to Francis House for more than a quarter of a century.

Established in 1947, Howells is a third generation manufacturer of railway signalling products with clients across the globe. The business employs 42 people based out of an impressive Art Deco building in Sharston, Wythenshawe.

The relationship with Francis House began as the result of a talk by Father Thomas Mulheran about the need for a children’s hospice in Manchester. Managing Director, Mike Howells, was so moved that he pledged to support the hospice with donations long into the future.

In addition to raising funds through raffle prizes at the work Christmas party, the company set up a regular monthly donation of £500 that continues to this day.

In recognition of Howells outstanding support, Mike’s daughter Rebecca Howells and Jennifer Dudley were presented with a special award on his behalf.

Rebecca says: “It rubbed off on us and because dad was so passionate, we became passionate. Making a regular donation to Francis House is an easy and convenient way to show your support and we are happy knowing that our donation is making a real difference to local children and their families. We will continue to support Francis House and would encourage others to do the same.”

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Regular givers Jennifer Dudley and Rebecca Howells of Howells Railway Products.

In addition to supporting a good cause, companies that make donations to charities are entitled to claim tax relief. These donations can be deducted from the total business profits of a limited company before Corporation Tax is paid. By donating on a regular basis both the organisation and the charity can benefit.

Become a regular giver

We are able to be here for the children and families because of the many generous supporters who help us with donations.

A regular gift will help to ensure that we are there for families long into the future. You are funding the expansion and development of our services enabling us to meet the growing need for homecare and emotional support. Become a regular giver and make an ongoing difference to the lives of the children and families that we support.

If you are able to do so, please consider setting up a charity direct debit or standing order and join more than 600 others supporting Francis House on a regular basis.

To all of our regular givers we are profoundly grateful for your support!