Fundraising Team

Generating income to fund the Hospice and promoting awareness.

Staff with charity buckets and balloons

Fundraising officer Rachel Astill with employees from Interlink Recruitment.

Our small but very successful fundraising team develop new support from across all sectors, at the same time retaining and valuing our existing loyal supporter base.

The fundraising office is based on the hospice site at Francis House Children’s Hospice, 390 Parrswood Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5NA.

Contact details
Tel: 0161 443 2200
Email: fundraising@francishouse.org.uk

Events

Lucy Thompson

Events Manager

Tel: 0161 443 2200
Mobile: 07841 530248
Email: lucy.thompson@francishouse.org.uk

Lucy has a BA (hons) in Hospitality Management with Tourism. She worked for the Marriott Hotel Group for eight years as the golf, sports manager and senior events manager.  She joined the team the team in 2011 gaining her certificate in Fundraising in 2013.  She has also completed a Fundraising Event course with the Institute of Fundraising.  Lucy is now Events Organiser and manages major events including the Ball and the annual Ladies Lunch.

Communications

Karen Flower

Public Relations and Press Officer

Tel: 0161 443 2200
Mobile: 07747 032751
Email: karen.flower@francishouse.org.uk

Prior to joining Francis House Karen was an award winning video producer director with a career spanning 20 years. Karen continues to produce the fundraising videos and photography for Francis House. Having worked as a consultant she joined the team in 2012. In Sept 2013, she was awarded the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Advanced Certificate in PR.  Karen issues press releases to the local media and manages the newsletter and website content. She promotes the work of the hospice through our social media channels.

Charity shop

Jason Connor

Shop Manager

Tel: 0161 248 4005 (Currently closed)
Francis House Charity Shop, 184 Burnage Lane, Manchester M19 1EF

Jason joined us as charity shop manager in 2016.  Jason has varied experience in managing people dealing with the general public in roles such as polling clerk and working for Euro Sites constructing and dismantling camp sites.  Initially he qualified as a hairdresser before setting up his own barber shop in 2000. He joined the Francis House team in 2016 as Shop Manager. He also runs our charity eBay shop. Customer satisfaction is of primary importance to Jason.