About us

Francis House supports approximately 2,000 people at any one time with respite care, homecare, sibling support, end of life care and emotional and bereavement support.

From our site in Didsbury, Francis House is a lifeline to more than 600 families from across Greater Manchester including Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale, Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

We provide high levels of clinical care to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Children, young people and family members are welcomed into a friendly, home from home environment.  The support we offer includes physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual care from a dedicated multi-disciplinary care team.  Telephone Support is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Young smiling girl sat in a wheelchair

"Francis House is fun and creative. It's really good because I get to do nice stuff that I don't normally get to do." Sapphire

Who we work with

We work with families from Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) from across the region. The Hospice is not part of statutory provision, the care that we provide is additional to that obtainable from the National Health Service.

The Hospice needs 4.8 million pounds in charitable donations each year to continue to provide long-term support to the families in greatest need.

Children under 16 years of age with a life-limiting or life-threatening conditions can be referred to Francis House. Find out more about Referrals.

We have no upper-age limit and once accepted we continue to care for young adults into their twenties (even thirties).

Kate on the terrace at Francis Lodge

"As I've got older I've needed more and more help physically. When I come here, I just want to be able to relax. It gives me a place where I can be safe and trust that people will take care of me." Kate aged 25.

Living life to the full

One of our aims is to enable children, teenagers and young adults to live life to the full, often helping to fulfill dreams.

Many of these dreams are the kind of things most of us take for granted in our own lives, but are difficult to accomplish when coping with disability or illness.

Francis House along with other children’s hospices is at the forefront of specialist palliative care provision, caring for children with a wide variety of life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.