Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Join Our Pounds 1m Appeal to Double Size of Hospice ; M.E.N. and Francis House Team Up to Raise Funds for Its New Pounds 3.5m Extension, Writes Andy Buckley

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Join Our Pounds 1m Appeal to Double Size of Hospice ; M.E.N. and Francis House Team Up to Raise Funds for Its New Pounds 3.5m Extension, Writes Andy Buckley

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The M.E.N. has joined forces with Francis House Children's Hospice to support its campaign to raise Pounds 1m. The funds are needed to pay for a Pounds 3.5m new extension that will double the size of the hospice in Didsbury which cares for more than 235 sick children each year.

The M.E.N's support comes exactly a year after the death of the religious sister who founded Francis House - one of the first children's hospices in Britain.

Sister Aloysius, from Didsbury, was the driving force behind Francis House which has looked after thousands of children with life- limiting conditions and their families since it was founded in 1990.

She would have been proud of the new building which is rapidly taking shape and is due to open in spring 2014.

The extension will create seven extra beds for poorly youngsters, plus accommodation for family and friends.

The good work of Sister Aloysius is being continued by the Rev David Ireland, who took over as chief executive in 2005 vowing to maintain the standards she set.

He said: "Sister Aloysius was an amazing person and had such compassion for the children and their families. "Most hospices take six to eight years to get from inception to completion but after a first meeting in January 1990 we had Princess Diana here opening Francis House by November the following year."

The new extension will offer more respite care for children, young people and their families.

But on top of capital expenditure, it will raise the hospice's total running costs to about Pounds 4.6m a year.

"Only about 15 or 16 per cent of our income comes from the government 'can us final by more and we're fortunate that we receive donations from fundraising, legacies and trust.

"But if the M.E.N's readers can help us with our final push by raising more money it would help towards our care of sick children and young people. …

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