Total announced from children’s hospice fundraiser

Total announced from children’s hospice fundraiser

Degree-level students have raised almost £300 for Francis House Children’s Hospice thanks to kind donations from the College and local community.

Florist Blooming Altrincham donated two bouquets, Sue’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes contributed cupcakes and comedy show Outside the Box gave tickets for the raffle, which also included 20 copies of The Dissertation written by Childhood Studies lecturer Dr Controllah Gabi as well as merchandise from the Children’s Hospice.

Dr Gabi, who set up the fundraiser, said: “These activities make my students more rounded and grounded. They will understand childhood from more perspectives than what is presented in books. The actual experiences help make them better global citizens who are sufficiently prepared to make a difference.”

Other students from the BA Hons course made donations for the fundraiser, which was organised by higher education learners Hayley Newsham, Katie Brophy, Laura Beckett, Hannah Wright and Sophie Wright.

Laura Beckett, who secured donations from local businesses, said: “We managed to raise funds which will help towards providing children and their families with support with life limiting illnesses. This is important to us as it is essential that every child is provided with opportunities to achieve all that they can from life.”

Francis House Fundraising Office Manager Peter Forster said: “The hospice provides much needed respite care for families in need, often we are the light at the end of the tunnel when times are very difficult.

We have a seven bedroom children’s hospice operational since 1991 and, since 2014, a seven bedroom young adult unit. All our services are provided free of charge and 80 per cent of our annual running cost of £4.7m comes from voluntary donation. That is why the fundraising of the team at Trafford College is so important to us and allows us to keep supporting nearly 500 families at the present time.”