Stake your claim to trees of dis­tinc­tion

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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

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