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Abbey College Manchester raises £1,785 for Francis House Children’s Hospice

Generous and kind-hearted Abbey College Manchester students have helped to raise a grand total of £1,785 for the Francis House Children’s Hospice following a year-long fundraising campaign for the charity.

Based in Didsbury, Francis House provides essential support for families and their children, who have been diagnosed as having life threatening or life limiting conditions. The hospice provides a home from home, where families can receive professional care, support and friendship, free of charge and regardless of faith or cultural background.

Abbey College Manchester is a leading independent college in the heart of Manchester, with a fast-growing and vibrant community, and over the last year staff and students have undertaken a range of fundraising initiatives to support the local hospice.

The college’s efforts included a charity fashion show, which saw students present their creative collections at an event brimming with cultural inspiration, and an annual charity dinner, in which staff and students gave generously to support the cause.

Abbey College Manchester's Iain Stewart, pupils Amin Namjoynik and Cecilia Vinchenzo present £1,785 to Francis House fundraiser Kate Puc

The fundraising effort came to a spooky conclusion last month as students and staff donned their scariest costumes for their annual Hallowe’en fundraiser.

Abbey College Manchester students Amin Namjoynik and Cecilia Vinchenzo joined Iain Stewart, Director of College Operations and Marketing, to present the donation to Francis House Children’s Hospice’s Fundraising Officer Kate Puc at the college on Wednesday, November 7.

Kate Puc, Fundraising Officer for Francis House Children’s Hospice, commented: “Once again we are extremely grateful for this kind donation and the ongoing support from Abbey College Manchester. The hospice provides vital support for families and their children throughout the North West, and we rely on the generous fundraising efforts of local establishments like the college to enable us to continue with our work.” Liz Elam added: “We are delighted to be able to present Kate and the team at Francis House Children’s Hospice with this donation.

“The excellent figure of £1,785 is testament to all the hard work and generosity of students, staff and the entire college community throughout the year. “The admirable work done at the hospice to provide care and support for children and their families is fantastic, and we are proud to continue our support of the charity with ongoing fundraising events in the future.” To find out more about Francis House Children’s Hospice visit www.francishouse.org.uk, or call 0161 434 4118. For more information on Abbey College visit www.abbeymanchester.co.uk, or call 0161 817 2700.