Open Days

The doors of Francis House are opened to the public twice a year for a glimpse behind the scenes.

"Thank you so much for showing us around today, the team are amazing and the hospice is amazing and this will certainly encourage us to support this amazing charity even more."

Joanne Janssen, Peel Outlets Facilities

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, unfortunately our public open days have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Our Open Day allows visitors and supporters an opportunity to see for themselves how their generosity helps us to provide the services and facilities that we need to support the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Twice a year, in the Spring and the Autumn, we open the doors to offer guided tours of Francis House and Francis Lodge.

Tours reveal two state-of-the-art Snoezelen multi-sensory rooms providing soothing sounds and tactile experiences to the children and young adults who come to us with a range of conditions. Their diseases include neuromuscular, metabolic, neurological, cardiac and respiratory diseases and less than ten per cent of the children referred have cancer related conditions.

Built in 1991, our home-from-home environment now boasts digital equipment in all of the bedrooms to cater for the growing needs of the children and young people. We currently support more than 500 families from across Greater Manchester and in 2014 we opened a further seven bedrooms in Francis Lodge for teenagers and young adults. Beautifully furnished family flats within the grounds enable parents and family members to relax close-by whilst their child is lovingly cared for by our hospice team.

We invite anyone wanting to learn more about the care that we provide, to come along anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Refreshments and merchandise will also be available to purchase in the hall.

No children or young people use the Hospice for respite during the Open Days.

Open Days

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, unfortunately our open days have been cancelled but we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. 

How to find us

"This place is full of staff who clearly love what they do. Walking around the building it is a lovely friendly and caring place."

Darren Proctor, Greatest Hits radio DJ visits Francis House.