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Francis House fundraiser wins Pride of Manchester Award

Francis House fundraiser wins Pride of Manchester Award

Although many people are suffering from the effects on the coronavirus, Stockport boasts some amazing people who are still doing some amazing things in their communities.

Francis House fundraiser Jim Nicholas wins Fundraiser of the Year in the Pride of Manchester Awards

DJ and mobile entertainer Jim Nicholas raised more than £200,000 for Francis House Children’s Hospice and his fundraising efforts have been recognised with an MEN Pride of Manchester Award.

Jim, from Swinton, was surprised to be presented with the award by Pride of Manchester award host Kym Marsh. He thought he was attending a hospice fundraising meeting at a hotel to discuss ways of raising money. His wife Denise even persuaded him to dress in his Elvis outfit for the occasion, but he was met instead by hospice CEO, David Ireland with Director of Care Sharon Doodson and former Coronation Street star and singer Kym Marsh.

Jim said:

“It was fantastic to meet Kym. I’m so proud that someone has thought about nominating me and I feel very humble to get this award.”

Jim, 73, started performing when he was eighteen but after losing his voice, he switched to become a Disco DJ and Elvis impersonator. He worked as the head gardener at Bishop of Salford’s residence at Wardley Hall, Worsley, when he was also introduced to Francis House in the early 1990’s.

For more than half a century Jim has taken to the stage at hundreds of club venues with his unique mix of music and Elvis performance. At each gig he puts out a collection box for the charity close to his heart and his efforts have been rewarded by donations from grateful fans.

“I am hoping the fundraising has helped the families who come to Francis House and the staff who do a heck of a job to care for them.”

Read more about Jim at Francis House

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