Fundraising materials

If you would like to borrow Francis House collection materials for a fundraising event, we will be happy to assist you.

Volunteer Helen with collection box

The expert care and support we provide is very costly and our annual running costs exceed £4 million. We receive little support from the government and rely heavily on our supporters to help us to fundraise.

Collection Box Project

Our collection boxes can be found out in the community and provide us with a valuable source of income. A Francis House collection box on the counter of a shop or pub demonstrates that the business and public are supporting our Hospice and that means a lot to us!

Volunteers look after a number of the charity boxes on our behalf and we need reliable supporters to help us manage their drop-off and collection. We have boxes in almost 100 different locations from Oldham to Altrincham, Uppermill to Urmston, Rochdale to Romiley and all around Greater Manchester.

The generosity of many people means that the boxes need swapping every 3 or 6 months. Alan Dickinson, 82, supports us in the Oldham area. You can read about his experience in an article on eHospice and why he enjoys it so much. Read more here.

If you can help in any way please get in touch, equally if you have a suggestion for a new location we would love to hear it!

Call Chris on call 0161 443 2200 or contact chris.swinton@francishouse.org.uk

Fundraise using Francis House materials

You can borrow our collection boxes and buckets for use at your own fundraising events.

Here are a few guidelines to help with your fundraising:

Keep it sealed When borrowing a collection box or bucket, both need to be sealed for the duration of your event. On a collection box there will be a sticky paper ring-seal around the top of the box. This is tamper-proof and will rip if removed. On a collection bucket a large white plastic lid goes inside the bucket. This lid must be secure by sticking security seals to it and the inside of the bucket. Some buckets have holes so that cable ties can be fed through to tie off and seal them.

Need to give change By sealing the buckets, it proves to people at your event that you are collecting, but are not using the buckets for change. If you are doing an event which requires providing change, then it may be easier for you to use a cash box. Please speak to the fundraising team to discuss your needs.

Permission and permits If you are using the buckets or boxes at a fixed event – perhaps at a fun day at a pub where you have the manager’s permission – you don’t need a permit. If you intend to collect in your local town or supermarket, then you will need to obtain permission from the local council or supermarket. Speak to the fundraising team about obtaining a permit.

Be polite If you do take part in a bucket collection, then please be polite and do not shake your boxes or ask directly for money.  Say things like: “Help Francis House”or “Support your local Children’s Hospice.”  Eye contact and smiling works well when people can see your buckets.

Thank you and good luck with your fundraising!

Get in touch with the fundraising team