Barratt Manchester raises more funds for chosen ‘Charity of the Year’ 2016

Barratt Manchester staff took to the driving range in support of our chosen charity of the year, Francis House – raising £17,594 at the charity golf day and Sportsmen’s Dinner on 18th August 2016.

120 game golfers swung into action on the 18 hole course at Mere Golf and Country Club, with a total of 187 guests attending the evening event, hosted by former Super League Referee, Karl Kirkpatrick. Karl was joined by Britain’s Got Talent comedian and impersonator, Les Gibson.

Barratt Manchester charity golf day at Mere Golf and Country Club
Barratt Manchester charity golf day at Mere Golf and Country Club

An auction was also held in the evening with various items of sports memorabilia on display, including an FC Barcelona shirt signed by the best footballer in the world- Lionel Messi.

Happy bidders with signed Lionel Messi FC Barcelona shirt
Happy bidders with signed Lionel Messi FC Barcelona shirt

The fundraiser was organised by Barratt Manchester to raise vital funds for Francis House, which provides care for children and young people with life threatening illnesses, as well as short term respite provision for family members ad carers.

In addition to its state of the art hospital facilities, the hospice includes Francis Lodge – a new £3.5 million extension, opened officially last month by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The seven bedroom building provides an age appropriate, “parent free” zone for young people to mix with others of a similar age where they can be supported as they cope with major changes in their lives. Facilities includes a cinema pod, purpose built recording studio, outside balcony spaces and a computer suite.

Commenting on the finds raised by Barratt Manchester, Francis House CEO, Reverend David Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be associated with such a prestigious company as Barratt Manchester and are extremely pleased to receive such an incredible donation, as we rely on charitable contributions for over 80% of our annual running costs”.

Barratt Manchester MD Neil Goodwin with Francis House CEO Reverend David Ireland
Barratt Manchester MD Neil Goodwin with Francis House CEO Reverend David Ireland

Neil Goodwin, said: “We’re very grateful to everyone who participated in the fundraiser – colleagues, business associates and family – some of whom have rarely, if ever, picked up a golf club.

“Everyone threw themselves into the spirit of the event and had a great time, whilst raising money and awareness of Francis House. The hospice is a truly inspiring place to visit, and we feel privileged to be in a position to support it.”