The Red Army donates to Manchester good causes

Independent membership organisation The Red Army (TRA) has made four donations totalling £6,000 to support good causes across Manchester.

People holding a cheque

L-R Jonty Coombes, Rick McGagh of the TRA, with Chris Swinton of Francis House and Neil Mullen of the TRA.

Following a members vote, the Manchester United season ticket holders, unanimously agreed to use surplus funds to support good causes across the city. Members submitted nominations for charities and local youth football clubs who would be deserving of some funding and votes were cast via an online forum.


Francis House was delighted to have been chosen to benefit from a donation of £1,500 along with Sedgley Park Football Dreams club, The Christie and Manchester Mind.

Peter Forster, Fundraising Manager at Francis House said: “We can be supporting around 2,000 people at any one time with respite care, homecare, day care, sibling support, parental support, symptom control and end of life care. We also provide essential emotional and bereavement support. Currently approximately 220 families are receiving some form of emotional support. We need to maintain our provision of emotional support and ultimately expand it. Increasingly we are supporting young adults approaching the end of their lives.

“Medical interventions have enabled children with life-limiting conditions to live longer. We recognised the growing numbers of children surviving into young adulthood and six years ago we opened Francis Lodge, our state-of-the-art teenage and young adult wing.

“It can be difficult for a young person to talk to their close family about their own feelings and fears regarding the future. It is a privilege to support these young people and at Francis House there are care team members who have additional training and experience in emotional support.”


The Red Army (TRA) is an independent membership organisation of over 2,500 Manchester United supporters. The aim of TRA is to contribute to Manchester United’s on-field success by creating a passionate, loud and consistent atmosphere at Old Trafford that current match-going fans are proud of, and future generations will be inspired by.

“Thanks to the generous donation of The Red Army, we can continue to provide the extra support that is needed at different times in a young person’s life. Thank you.”

Peter Forster, Francis House fundraising manager


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