Children’s Hospice Francis House Children’s Hospice receives £12,000 donation from Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation

Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation Donates £12,000 to Francis House Children’s Hospice

The Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation (MMMF), a charity dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Busby Babes, has made a generous donation of £12,000 to Francis House Children’s Hospice. Representatives from the MMMF, Ifty Ahmed and Anthony Crook, visited the hospice in Manchester to present the donation, which was raised through various fundraising activities including a Gala Dinner attended by over 400 Manchester United fans and committee members.

During their visit, the MMMF representatives were given a tour of the hospice facilities by chief executive Revd David Ireland, deputy chief executive Rachael Taylor, and senior fundraising officer Julie Williams. This included the multi-sensory rooms, which provide calming sounds and visual stimulation for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The MMMF is known for organizing and leading the annual Munich Air Disaster memorial service, held in Germany on 6 February each year. In addition to this, the charity also raises funds for disadvantaged young people in Belgrade, Manchester, and Munich.

Chairman of the MMMF, Ifty Ahmed, expressed his pleasure and honor in supporting Francis House, stating that the organization will continue to do so for many years to come. He also commended the staff at the hospice for their exceptional respite and end-of-life care. The donation of £12,000 was a result of fundraising events where guests were made aware that the proceeds would be donated to various charities, including Francis House.

One of the main focuses of the MMMF is to pass on the memory of the Busby Babes and the tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster to future generations of Manchester United supporters. As a symbol of this effort, a portion of the funds raised each year goes towards sending a young person and their guardian to Trudering-Riem for the anniversary.

All of the charities supported by the MMMF, including DePaul UK, Derian House, and Francis House, are dedicated to helping young people. This is a tribute to the potential that was tragically lost in the Munich Air Disaster of 1958.

Chief Executive of Francis House, David Ireland, expressed his gratitude for the support received from the MMMF and others who have made a great effort to contribute. He shared that the hospice currently serves 600 families, with 380 of them expected to receive respite care this year. The impact on these families is life-changing, and he hopes that the association with the MMMF will continue for many years to come.

Based in Didsbury, Manchester, Francis House provides a home away from home for families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The hospice offers a wide range of services, including respite care, day care, homecare, sibling support groups, end-of-life care, symptom control, and emotional and bereavement support. The annual cost of running Francis House is £4.8 million, with the majority of funding coming from charitable donations.

For more information on the work of Francis House, please visit their website at

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