FRANCIS House is appealing for donations to help make up the shortfall in income from cancelled fundraising events as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.
The hospice provides care and support to more than 500 families from across Greater Manchester. Facilities at Francis House include seven flats for parents and children’s bedrooms, a hydrotherapy pool and multi-sensory rooms for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. A further seven-bedroom wing specifically for teenagers and young adults contains a cinema room and TV lounge.
Hospice CEO, Revd David Ireland said:
“As the world deals with this terrible virus Francis House is prepared to care for the most vulnerable children, young people and their families.
“Sadly, we have incurred additional costs, including those for specialist equipment and training to protect our dedicated staff as they prepare to carry out their duties in a very different environment.
“This comes at a time when we have had to cancel or postpone our fundraising events for the foreseeable future, including our Open Day which will now take place on September 21, 2020.
“Until further notice events including Bubble Rush, Ladies Lunch and Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge have been postponed.
“The next few months are going to be very difficult, but we are grateful to all of the people who are selflessly working to ensure that our valuable services continue.
“There will be limited access to the Francis House site over the coming months. Respite offered to families will be for social emergencies, but we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters for their continued support and concern.
“These are difficult times financially, and we are looking at alternative ways to raise funds, and any voluntary donations will be most gratefully received.”
In time for Easter, the children’s hospice is launching a virtual Easter Chick Hunt.
Due to the closure of local businesses, the planned trail around the shops and streets of Didsbury is being replaced by a family-friendly interactive game and quiz. Donations are requested in return for taking part here: www.francishouse.org.uk