Strictly stars Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec support the Francis House Festival of Trees

Strictly stars Gemma Atkinson and partner Aljaz Skorjanec
Strictly stars Gemma Atkinson and partner Aljaz Skorjanec at the Lowry Outlet

Strictly Come Dancing stars Gemma Atkinson and partner Aljaz Skorjanec entered into the festive spirit at the Francis House Festival of Trees at the Lowry Outlet in Salford Quays.

The pair, along with Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, signed decorations that adorn the Christmas trees on display.

More than 50 trees are now on display, decorated by local and national organisations, social clubs and groups.

The spectacle also includes a Coronation Street signed tree thanks to actress and hospice supporter Sally, who asked cast members to contribute their signatures.

Donations of exclusive gifts and decorations cover the trees including – a Manchester City tree, a tree of mini-cricket bats signed by Lancashire County Cricket Club, and hundreds of pounds of products and vouchers from Dulux decorating centre, Virgin Media and Towers Business Park.

Francis House fundraiser Mary Gillatt said: “This year’s Festival of Trees is looking to be our biggest and best yet.

“We’d like to thank Gemma, Sally and the many individuals and companies for their fantastic support.

“We also have a tree decorated by some of the children who use Francis House. We hope lots of people will come and see the display and show their support by bidding on a tree.”

Tens of thousands of pounds has been raised over the years by members of the public placing a bid on their favourite tree with the highest bidder taking the tree home in time for Christmas.

Festive gifts and promotional goods will also be available to purchase in the pop-up shop in a unit provided by the Lowry Outlet.

The display is on until Sunday December 10.

Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury serves the north west of England and provides respite care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and the necessary support and short-term rest for their families.

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