ESTATE agent Gascoigne Halman is supporting the One Big Wish Appeal in aid of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The estate agent has 18 offices across Cheshire and South Manchester, including in Holmes Chapel and Knutsford, and is getting behind the fundraiser.

Money raised will help fund specialist virtual reality and pain distraction therapy equipment for young patients, helping to take their minds off the painful treatments and procedures faced in hospital.

To support the appeal, members of public can either make a monetary donation towards the One Big Wish Appeal, or donate a toy for the hospital. Every Gascoigne Halman office will be collecting both from this week.

Managing director John Halman said: “We are looking forward to supporting Royal Children’s Hospital Charity again this year.

"In 2012, we raised £9498.08 for the charity, and we are hoping we can make a big difference to the children and their families who might be going through a difficult time in hospital.

“After the bomb explosion at the Manchester Arena, the majority of the children injured from the attack were treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

"All of the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and staff did an incredible job during those very stressful and difficult times, and we look forward to giving something back to such an amazing place.”

Holmes Chapel’s Freya Lewis, 14, was one of those injured in the blast and spent time at the hospital undergoing complex procedures and rehabilitation.

Sarah Naismith, head of charities for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted that Gascoigne Halman is supporting the One Big Wish Appeal this year.

"Big or small, every donation will help give our patients and their families a special experience when they are at the hospital.”

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