Raising money in a time when resources were being squeezed, Britain was borrowing from the U.S. and families were cutting down was a tall ask.
Luckily Coates didn’t have to do it alone. The Mayor of Manchester and the Earl of Derby had already formed a charity to drum up donations. Working with them, Coates wrote a letter to the press in September 1916 and helped launch an appeal.
In the first month £20,000 was raised with a further £75,000 by February 1917. It was enough to open not just one home, but five.
This incredible, unexpected generosity would be something Broughton House would come to rely on throughout its life. With the money settled and the beds in place, the house could welcome in its first resident.