Stake your claim to trees of distinction
FRANCIS House Children’s Hospice is hoping for a flurry of bids in the last few days of the annual Festival of Trees display at the Lowry Outlet, Salford Quays.
Almost 50 trees packed with goodies and decorated by local and national organisations, social clubs and groups, are up for grabs to whoever places the highest bid.
More than £8,000 has already been pledged thanks to generous festive-seeking visitors.
The funds raised will help provide respite care to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.
Susie Denwood, owner of Susie’s Boutique in Romiley, jumped at the chance to donate a tree to the appeal.
She said: “I couldn’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit and am delighted to take part again this year.
“I am looking forward to someone who loves a bit of glamour, owning the tree. I hope it raises lots of money for a great cause.”
The bidding on Susie’s tree of hand-made decorations, jewellery and accessories currently stands at £200.
Sponsors include Tesco, Mottram Hall, Homebase and Swizzels Matlow.
For the 12th year running the retail unit has been generously donated by the Lowry Outlet.
A tree from Towers Business Park that includes hundreds of pounds in Marks & Spencer and Harrods hamper vouchers has seen bidding exceed £600.
The chance to take home a tree in time for Christmas ends on Sunday, December 9.
The display and shop remain open until December 16.
Francis House is also an official partner of #UKCharityWeek (December 3 to 9), designed to give people the opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda.
The hospice is calling upon people to don a festive pully during Christmas Jumper Day, Friday, December 7, and make a donation to the hospice.
To get involved call 0161 443 2200.
● Susie Denwood with the Susie’s Boutique Christmas tree