ORGANISERS Francis House Children’s Hospice is hoping visitors will flock to a magical pop-up shop as 40 Christmas trees go on display at Quayside MediaCityUK in Salford.
The Francis House Festival of Trees is open for five weeks in the run-up to Christmas. The event aims to encourage members of the public to place bids on dozens of unique trees – each packed with vouchers, experiences, signed baubles, hampers and handmade gifts.
This exciting annual project involves organisations, community groups and individuals coming together in the decoration of a one-off Christmas tree which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Greater Manchester hospice.
Francis House provides respite care, home care, end-of-life care and a range of other services to the families of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
Participants this year include: Towers Business Park, local Women’s Institutes, J P Goldman, Lowbury Construction, Quayside MediaCityUK, the Lowry Theatre, and Morrisons.
Julie Williams, fundraising officer at Francis House said:
“We are so grateful to all of our sponsors who support the Francis House Festival of Trees. The display always looks magical and the variety of trees means that there is something for everyone. We couldn’t do it without the support from Quayside MediaCityUK who every year generously donate a retail unit to the hospice.”
Bids can be placed either in-store or online at a dedicated website which is live throughout the duration of the event at www.festivaloftrees.co.uk.
A plentiful range of Christmas decorations and cards are also on sale in the shop along with the opportunity to win a fantastic raffle prize and take part in a lucky dip.
With some trees fetching hundreds of pounds each it is hoped the event this year will exceed the £15,000 in profit raised in 2021.
The shop can be found on the first floor of Quayside MediaCityUK, formerly the Lowry Outlet and is running until December 4.
Francis House based in Didsbury relies heavily on voluntary donations to fund much of the £4.7 million needed in annual running costs.
To find out more, please visit: www.festivaloftrees.co.uk.