Didsbury hospice Francis House chosen after staff vote and public nominations

A New Partnership: Emma Siddle and mascot, from Francis House seen with Christopher Bowles, Stagecoach Manchester MD
A New Partnership: Emma Siddle and Francis Mouse, from Francis House seen with Christopher Bowles, Stagecoach Manchester Managing Director. (Photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd).

Stagecoach Manchester and Francis House are celebrating the launch of a new fundraising collaboration. Following an internal staff vote and a public appeal, Stagecoach Manchester has officially announced Francis House as its chosen charity.

The Didsbury based charity provides care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions, helping more than 239 persons and their families across the North West every year. Stagecoach Manchester will raise money for its newly adopted charity with an annual cost of £3.5million and a number of fundraising activities, taking place over the next 12 months.

Fundraising officer for Francis House, Emma Siddle, met with managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, Christopher Bowles, at the Stagecoach depot in Stockport to mark the beginning of the fundraising venture.

Talking about the new partnership, Christopher said: “Francis House is such a worthwhile cause and I know all Stagecoach Manchester staff are looking forward to coming up with some fantastic fundraising activities over the next year.

“Francis House is a local charity which makes this partnership even more special to everyone at Stagecoach Manchester, as we will be helping local children and their families through our work.”

Emma commented: “This marks the start of an exciting new partnership and we can’t wait to kick things off and raise as much money as possible.

“We are so grateful to the members of the public who nominated us and to the Stagecoach staff who also voted. Fundraising will be even more vital in 2014 when we open a new seven bedroom extension doubling the size of Francis House. Money raised over the next year will enable the children and young people to spend even more nights respite at the hospice.”

Stagecoach Manchester’s new partnership comes after raising £20,000 for its previous nominated charity, St Ann’s Hospice.

S.V., 18 December 2013.

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