A charity Christmas shop in The Lowry Outlet, Salford Quays, is currently open and selling all Christmas items for Francis House, a North West, Manchester based charity for children.

The shop features a variety of pre-decorated Christmas Trees that are auctioned off for people to bid on and win just in time for December 25.

The trees were designed and donated by businesses such as Denby, and Midshire.

Each tree has a different theme with bids up to £300 and one tree even comes with an XBOX!

Mary Gillatt, 70, Volunteer for Francis House for 12 years, said: “We raised £32,320 last year so we hope to beat it this year even £32,321 would be nice.

“We are selling trees, christmas goodies, christmas cards and a memory tree”.

This is the 11th year the charity Christmas shop has been open and over the years it has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the children’s charity.


The shop also sells Christmas decorations, stockings, soft toys and many more decorative pieces and presents.

The charity’s shop opened up on 29th October and will stay open until December 10.

All the profits will go directly to the Charity and they estimate that they need over £4.2 million in charitable donations each year in order to continue to provide this service.

Francis House began in 1990 for children with life limiting conditions and currently cares for over 420 children.

In 1991 the late Princess Diana opened a fully operational Francis House and since has provided support for suffering children and their families.

To donate to the charity please click here or here.

For more information contact Francis House directly by telephone on 0161 434 4118 or by fax on 0161 445 1927.

Alternatively visit their base at 390 Parrswood Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5NA.

By Cait Naven and Alice Wragg.


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