Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Home Has Helped Those in Need for More Than 100 Years

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Home Has Helped Those in Need for More Than 100 Years

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TODAY'S appeal mirrors a plea to the public issued 101 years ago.

Broughton House opened as a result of an urgent need to help those fighting for our country.

As the war with Germany raged in France, hospitals were overflowing with casualties returning injured from the Western Front.

Each day brought more trains packed with the sick and wounded. More healthcare and space for soldiers was desperately needed.

William Coates, a Moss Side GP, was responsible for organising medical care across the region and by the summer of 1916, he knew the situation was a crisis.

Coates began an urgent hunt for new accommodation and stumbled across Broughton House, an old tradesman's mansion.

Money was tight, but the then mayor of Manchester and the Earl of Derby joined forces to form a charity, as Coates begged the public for donations.

Enough was raised after appeals in the press to open five homes - with Broughton House the first.

Charlie Fox became the home's first resident in 1916 - admitted still wearing his combat dress. …

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