St Ann ’s staff were joined by more than thirty volunteers who gave their time to run a special collection outside the ground before Manchester City’s winning game against Newcastle United. Thanks to generous donations they netted a massive £2250.41.
Many of the staff and volunteers had their own personal reasons for wanting to take part in the collection, such as volunteer, Rachel Hicklin, whose dad Jim Hicklin was cared for by St Ann’s.
The first match my dad took me to was against Newcastle in 1977, so perhaps it was fitting that we played them. It was a privilege to be part of the collection. My sisters and I have such special memories of my dad’s last few weeks with us in St Ann’s. The staff looked after him so well, and also took care of us as it more or less became our home for three weeks. St Ann’s is such a local charity, and many people who gave money before the game said it was a great cause. One chap even gave me a hug and said, ‘Keep up the good work’. So many people’s lives must have been touched by St Ann’s, and they have never forgotten how their loved ones were cared for. I think that is what I will take away from taking part in the collection. Rachel Hicklin, Volunteer
We can’t thank all of the football fans – and the volunteers who supported us – enough. We’re constantly amazed by the fantastic generosity of local people when it comes to supporting our work, and every penny really does help us to provide specialist care for the local patients and families who need our support. We’re as thrilled with the amount raised at the game as the City fans are with the result. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive