North West children’s hospice Francis House have revealed a new mascot today. Francis Mouse, a life sized furry mouse, will help promote the work of the hospice that provides care and support for children and their families with life-limiting conditions. Francis Mouse donned his special sports kit to meet up with Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and Fred the Red at United’s training ground in Carrington. Fred the Red was happy to pass on a few tips to the newcomer including the art of ‘whole arm waving’ and some fancy footwork moves.
Ryan said: “I’ve visited Francis House and seen for myself the amazing work that takes place at the Children’s Hospice. I’m happy to welcome Francis Mouse to Manchester United, I’m sure he’ll put a smile on many faces and really help Francis House with their fundraising activities.” Francis House Children’s Hospice, one of the charity partners of the Manchester United Foundation, had a visit recently from Sir Alex Ferguson and defender Jonny Evans to lay the first cornerstone of a new £3.5 million seven bedroom extension. The Foundation assists with the raising of vital funds through various fundraising events as well as raising awareness of the work of the hospice. David Ireland, Chief Executive said “We are very grateful for the great support that Manchester United has given us over the years through their Foundation. Francis Mouse will be popping up at various events, spreading the news about Francis House.”
Francis Mouse and Fred the Red will be at the opening of the charity’s ‘Festival of Trees’, a stunning display of sponsored Christmas trees, including Manchester United, Coronation Street and Emmerdale at the Lowry Outlet from 11 o’clock on Sunday 4th November. The trees are on display for 5 weeks and then raffled to raise much needed funds.
Francis House provides care for 230 children and young people a year from all over the North West. The care team provide skilled nursing care in a homely environment. It costs £3.5 million a year to keep Francis House running, with the extended hospice, due to be completed mid-2013 running costs will increase to approximately £4.6 million. To donate visit www.francishouse.org.uk or by calling the fundraising office on 0161 443 2200.