Festival of Trees
One of our favourite annual events to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Francis House Festival of Trees
This exciting annual project involves organisations, community groups and individuals coming together in the decoration of a one-off Christmas tree. The trees are then prominently displayed to the public at Quayside MediaCityUK shopping mall for six weeks in the run up to Christmas.
Julie Williams, fundraising officer at Francis House said: “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors who support the Festival Trees by donating a tree. The display always looks magical and the variety of trees means that there is something for everyone. We couldn’t do it without the support from Quayside MediaCityUK who every year generously donate a retail unit to the hospice.”
Who gets involved?
Previous participants and top brands include: L’Oreal, Mottram Hall, Fibre Hair Salon, Towers Business Park, The Hilton Garden Inn Lancashire Cricket Club, Virgin Media, Tesco, Swizzels Matlow, Cast of Coronation Street and Cold Feet, Two Little Ducks, Manchester United and Manchester City Football clubs plus many more!
"I've had the pleasure of decorating a tree at the Francis House Festival of Trees for two years running. It is a very rewarding thing to do knowing that the money raised is going to an outstanding charity. By being involved I was able to prove myself as a community champion and all the fantastic things that we do, as well as promoting the company I work for. The staff at Francis house are truly incredible hard working people and I loved spending the time with them."Michelle, community champion, Morrisons Reddish
How it works
Customers browse the trees, packed with fantastic gifts, experiences and vouchers in the Francis House pop-up shop or online when the event launches in October.
The auction then starts and the excitement mounts! Whoever has the highest bid on each tree when the shop closes in December gets to take the tree home in time for Christmas.
Christmas merchandise is also on sale as well as the opportunity to win fantastic raffle prizes.
With some of the trees fetching hundreds of pounds each, the Festival of Trees raises much-needed income for the hospice and in 2020 an incredible £16,000 was raised!
Where it takes place
The Festival of Trees is kindly hosted by Quayside MediaCityUK, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH and runs from the end of October to the middle of December.
"Dear Pupils at St Andrew’s CE Primary School, we have just reluctantly taken down our lovely Christmas tree and carefully packed all the decorations away until next year. We wanted to thank you for making our Christmas extra special this year. With sincere thanks."The Thomson family