Our newsletters keep you up to date with activity in the hospice, family stories, events and supporter news from across Greater Manchester.

Summer 2020

Care during Covid-19 and how telephone support is providing a lifeline to desperate families.

We remember Joshua Lapi, a remarkable lad and a person of great courage. During the Coronavirus crisis we were able to support Josh and his family at the end of his life.

On your marks, get set… launch!

We announce two new virtual events – Balloon Race and Knit Off – both with exciting prizes up for grabs.

Thank you for your support and keep safe.

Spring 2020

Spring newsletter coverA message from David Ireland, CEO calling for support for hospice care following the outbreak of the Coronavirus resulting in the cancellation of fundraising events.

Track down all twenty chicks without leaving your home in the first ever virtual Francis House Easter Chick Hunt!

Easy ways to shop online and donate to Francis House.

Thank you to all our supporters – stay safe.

Winter 2019

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Our Winter Newsletter has a truly festive feel.  Packed full of news, events and activities to get you into the festive spirit and see you into 2020.

One of our families describes their desperate need for a break and how Francis House helps to make their dreams possible.

DJ and Elvis Impersonator Jim Nicholas has raised an incredible £200k over 25 years by collecting at his performances.

Happy Christmas and thank you for your support.

Autumn 2019

Francis House Newsletter cover AutumnOur young people enjoy the unique thrills of Kielder Forest and experience an adventure that they may never have thought possible.

Not content with organising a stage performance of more than 200 dancers, Lynda takes to the skies to raise thousands of pounds in hospice funds.

We reveal the results of our Chick Appeal and a generous legacy demonstrates the incredible kindness of our supporters.

Spring 2019

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Our Spring newsletter launches with a fresh look and all your favourite news from Francis House packed into a friendly new format.

The Solan-Clarke family tell us how respite stays at the hospice are enjoyed by the whole family.

We remember Sister Austin who played a major role in the inception and operation of Francis House and dedicated her life to helping others.

Autumn 2018

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We feature the homecare team and their work providing holistic care in the homes of the families.

Our trek for 2019 is to the ‘Accursed’ Mountains of Albania – do you dare to take on the challenge?

Super Supporters highlight the generosity of countless individuals from across the north west.


Summer 2018

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Included in this edition our knitted chick empire continues to grow as we launch the Great Didsbury Chick Hunt!

We report that for the first time in our history that the number of sick young people on our roll exceeds 500.

The support of local businesses make a huge difference, and why we’re keen to grow workplace support.

Winter 2018

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The stars were truly out shining brightly for us with visits to the hospice from stars of the screen, sport and airwaves.

We also had visitors from Japan who wanted to learn from our experience of running a children and young adults hospice.

Our intrepid trekkers returned from Iceland and Registered Manager, Gill Bevin, recalls the experience of sleeping in remote cabins and walking through breath-taking scenery.

Autumn 2017

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Our newly refurbished kitchen in Francis House is opened by Sunday Brunch host and chef Simon Rimmer.

Parents Michelle and Graeme Jones from Ramsbottom near Bury, speak about what respite care means to them and their 23 year-old daughter Emma.

L’Oreal’s contribution with product donations shows they really are worth it.