Saturday, 9 December 2023
Saturday, 9 December 2023

Francis House Children’s Hospice gets a boost from hill walkers

As children’s hospices face a number of uphill challenges when it comes to funding, a group of walkers from the North West braved wet and windy weather to tackle the Cheshire Three Peaks.

The 131 walkers took part in the annual event for #UKCharityWeek Official Partner Charity Francis House, to help towards the £12,900 a day running costs of the Manchester-based hospice.

Eager participants gathered at Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre in Macclesfield to embark on a 13.6-mile route, covering Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.

Some opted instead for a shorter 6.5-mile scavenger route but found more than just a gentle stroll lying in wait.

Among those completing the longer walk were Steve and Catherine Mayoh.

Steve said:

“It was a walk of two halves, lovely sunshine for the first half and a complete deluge for the latter. By the end though we didn’t mind the rain. We had an enjoyable day and we were proud to have supported such a terrific cause.”

David Crookes, wife Jane and young family claimed victory on the 6.5-mile Scavenger Hunt route.

Francis House Children's Hospice gets a boost from hill walkers
David Crookes sorting donations in Francis House Charity Shop

David said:

“Francis House is a very worthy charity and relies heavily on community support. I feel so proud to be involved in something that really makes a difference and to see the charity support grow with colleagues, friends and family contributing in different ways is simply amazing.”

Despite the tricky terrain and wet conditions, all walkers returned with smiling faces.

The annual Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge has raised more than £7,300 for the hospice that supports more than 500 families from across the North West of England.

Recent upgrades to the facilities at the 14-bed home from home opened in 1991 include a cinema room, soft play area and multi-sensory room.

Charity champion David also set up an office-based collection point for donations to the charity shop, as well as a staff volunteering rota.

Francis House Children's Hospice gets a boost from hill walkers
David Crookes and family line up for Cheshire Three Peaks

David added:

“I felt great to get involved in a totally different environment and make a difference. The other regular shop volunteers made me feel super welcome and it was extremely rewarding to see our donations being sorted, displayed and creating value for this great cause.”

Rachel Astill, an event organiser at Francis House, said:

“Unlike adult hospices, children’s hospices cover large geographical areas and at any one-time Francis House has approximately 2,000 people receiving some form of care. Thank you to everyone who faced up to the challenge and for going that extra mile to support their local children’s hospice.”

Francis House supports families from more than 30 Clinical Commissioning Groups including north Manchester, Oldham, Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Tameside and Glossop, Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Cheshire and Stockport.

To find out more about Francis House visit


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