Man City squad visit Francis House for Christmas

After more than two years Manchester City’s women’s team made a welcome return to Francis House on their annual Christmas visit.

Manchester City players with child at Francis House

Four players from the Manchester City women’s squad including Ellie Roebuck, Mary Fowler, Alex Greenwood and Leila Ouahabi handed out gift bags, signed water bottles, scarves, fleeces, and teddy bears to the children and young people receiving respite care at the hospice.

During the visit, the players were shown into the lounge of the teenage and young adult unit and chatted to the families. City fans Helen Davies and twelve-year-old Megan spoke to player Mary Fowler and posed for cherished photographs.

Helen from Macclesfield, said: “It means such a lot that the players came here today. It is very difficult for Megan to access activities, so for these players to spend this time here today is really appreciated. We are massive City fans; my husband has been a season ticket holder for more than fifty years.”

“It was surreal to meet the players. It has been an amazing experience.”

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Striker, Mary Fowler said: “It is nice to come here today and meet with the children and families and connect with the community. It is good to have a club that encourages us to do visits like this.”

Goalkeeper, Ellie Roebuck said: “As players we are in a privileged position so it is really good that we can give something back to the local community. It is so important that we show them support, they support us as fans, and it is good to give something back.”

Based in Didsbury, Francis House Children’s Hospice provides care and support to more than 550 families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The hospice provides a range of services including respite care, homecare, sibling support and end of life care and bereavement support. The hospice relies on charitable donations to fund the majority of its £12,900 daily running costs.

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