About the charity

Francis House Children’s Hospice opened in 1991, supports hundreds of extraordinary families from across the north west of England by providing respite care for children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

When parents are told that their child has a condition which will shorten their life, the news is devastating. Caring for someone with complex medical needs, often for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can put a huge strain on families.

Families need a break from their role as carers, and the children and young people need experiences to enrich their short lives.  From the moment they come through the doors of Francis House, they are made to feel completely at home.

Fourteen colourful and comfortable bedrooms for the children and young adults, as well as flats for the parents and siblings to stay, are provided completely free of charge. This allows the whole family a break and they can all return home feeling refreshed.

The hospice care team ensures that the clinical care needs of the children and young adults are met, and that they are kept as comfortable as possible to alleviate pain, but above all they come to have fun and make some fantastic memories!

How you can help

More than 500 families from across Greater Manchester are supported by Francis House.

Francis House needs to raise more than £12,870 every day to continue to provide its services.

These include respite care, homecare, sibling support and activity weekends for bereaved siblings, end of life care, emotional and bereavement support.

14.5% of our income comes from the Government with the majority through charitable donations.

You can support Francis House by signing up for events, take part in runs, choose the hospice as your charity of the year at work or make a donation. There are lots of ways that you can get involved and support local families. Visit https://www.francishouse.org.uk/get-involved/