The Printworks, has launched a fundraiser in memory of its much-loved Centre Director, Fred Booth.

Fred Booth’s family, along with support from Printworks, want to give their thanks to the exceptional care that was shown to Fred during the months he spent in the Royal Oldham Hospital Intensive Care Unit, and the Dr Horacio E. Oduber Hospital in Aruba.

In memory of Fred, who passed away on the 19th January 2020, Printworks hopes to raise £30,000, which will contribute towards the purchase of a new dialysis machine for the hospitals.

It was a dialysis machine which sustained Fred’s life, and these machines seemed to be in limited supply at both of the hospitals Fred stayed in. With the funds raised, the machine would also fittingly be named ‘Fred’, and help to sustain many future lives.

Adam Jackson, Marketing Manager at Printworks said: “Fred did so much for the beloved city of Manchester and truly leaves an unfillable void. As someone who was so passionate about supporting others, we want to ensure Fred’s legacy lives on, and along with Fred’s family, pay thanks to those who cared for Fred during his poor health. We hope we can raise enough money for the much-needed dialysis machine in Fred’s name to help sustain the lives of others too.”

Fred was a long-time supporter of many Manchester charities including Disabled Living, Forever Manchester, The Booth Centre, and The Christie. He was also passionate about the Manchester Soul Festival, which takes place every year at Printworks on August Bank Holiday Sunday, in memory of its founder, Frank Byrne. The event has seen Printworks raise more than £130,000 for The Christie.

Since launching the Printworks venue 20 years ago, Fred earned the title of the ‘Godfather of Manchester’ and was instrumental in leading Printworks to become the iconic Manchester entertainment venue that it is today, which sees more than 8 million visitors each year.


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