FRANCIS House Children’s Hospice and official partner charity of #UKCharityWeek is hoping for a flurry of bids in the last few days of its annual Festival of Trees display at the Lowry Outlet, Salford Quays.
Almost fifty trees packed with goodies and decorated by local and national organisations, social clubs and groups, are up for grabs to whoever places the highest bid.
The trees have been on display since October and bids must be placed before Sunday, Dec 9 which coincides with the end of #UKCharityWeek.
More than £8,000 has already been pledged thanks to generous festive-seeking visitors. The funds raised will help provide respite care to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.
Susie Denwood owner of Susie’s Boutique in Romiley, Stockport, jumped at the chance to donate a tree to the appeal.
She said: “I couldn’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit and am delighted to take part again this year. I am looking forward to someone who loves a bit of glamour, owning the tree. I hope it raises lots of money for a great cause.”
The bidding on Susie’s tree of hand-made decorations, jewellery and accessories currently stands at £200.
Sponsors include Tesco, Mottram Hall, Homebase and Swizzels Matlow. For the twelfth year running the retail unit has been generously donated by the Lowry Outlet.
A tree from Towers Business Park in Didsbury that includes hundreds of pounds in Marks & Spencers and Harrods hamper vouchers has seen bidding exceed £600.
The chance to take home a tree in time for Christmas ends on Sunday, Dec 9. The display and shop remain open until Dec 16.
The Greater Manchester children’s charity is also calling upon people to don a festive pully during Christmas Jumper Day, Friday, Dec 7, and donate to the hospice.
Francis House provides respite and end of life care to more than 350 children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The charity recently celebrated 27 years of providing support, care and friendship to families from across the north-west.
For more information visit www.francishouse.org.uk