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Stagecoach Manchester scales new heights for Francis House

20 Jan 2015

Francis House Children’s Hospice, has seen sponsorship climb thanks to a Cheshire Three Peaks walk, completed by staff and drivers from Stagecoach Manchester.

Two teams raised over £1,000 for the leading local bus company’s charity of the year, from across Stagecoach Manchester’s five depots.

The first team completed the famous Cheshire Three Peaks walk, which covers the three highest hills in the region, Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor, totalling a gruelling 13.75 miles.

A second team of employees accomplished the 6.4 mile challenge beginning their walk at Trentabank before returning to Tegg's Nose through Macclesfield Forest.

Commenting on the event, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, Christopher Bowles, said: “Francis House is our charity of the year and we’re always looking for ways to support the hospice and its excellent work. When we heard about the Cheshire Three Peaks Challenge our team was keen to take part and certainly did a great job.

“I’m really proud of all of the staff who dedicated their own time and put in a great deal of effort to raise funds for an excellent local cause.”

From its base in Didsbury, Francis House supports children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families from all across the North West.  

Over £3.6 million in charitable donations is required each year to keep Francis House open.

Emma Siddle, fundraiser at Francis House, said: “The team from Stagecoach Manchester has done a fantastic job and we’re grateful to have its continued support. We need to continually expand and develop the service as more and more families come to us for support. The funds raised by the Three Peaks Challenge will help towards that.”