Francis House Lunch Goes Down A Hit With Jake Quickenden

Fiona Sweeney, Asma Yasin, Jake Quickenden, Andrea Brookshaw, Louise Elliott ar Francis House Ladies Lunch

The atmosphere buzzed with excitement at a glamorous flower-themed ladies lunch for Francis House Children’s Hospice as ITV’s Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden took to the stage to perform.

Headline act Jake, sang a powerful acoustic set and treated the 120 guests to a meet and greet photo-opportunity at the charity event held at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! finalist Jake said, “I’ve loved doing this and it’s great to raise money for such a worthwhile charity.”

In 2014, the Greater Manchester hospice opened a £3.5 million extension for young adults providing an age-appropriate environment for teenagers and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

When my brother had cancer he was on a children’s ward and with kids his own age. But when he turned eighteen he had to go onto the adults ward with people a lot older than himself.

“I think it’s great that Francis House continues to provide its services to the teenagers and young adults for as long as they want to continue to use the hospice,” he added.

Key Radio DJ Darren Proctor hosted the event, energetically drumming up donations through a charity auction.

“Francis House is so incredible, not only in what they do for the young people but also their family members are given a break,” he said.

Fashion Show Francis House Ladies Lunch

Fashion Show at the Francis House Ladies Lunch

Among the invited guests were five mums who attend the hospice for respite care with their children.

The lunch raised approximately £7,000 which will go towards the running costs of providing bereavement support services at the hospice in Didsbury, Greater Manchester.

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Francis House are also looking for knitters for their Easter 2019 Chicks Appeal, to learn more and get involved click here.