The Gannon family, from Salford, have raised more than £25,000 for St Ann’s in memory of Michelle Gannon, who was cared for by staff in Little Hulton earlier this year. Michelle, 35, was diagnosed with bowel cancer just eight weeks earlier, and sadly died at the hospice in February.
Michelle was a giver. She always believed in giving back and she inspired so many people during her short life, having a huge impact on people from all over the world. We will never be able to repay St Ann’s for what they did for us… it was like Michelle was home. Michelle was our celebrity, and the hospice treated her like one. The care and compassion they gave to her, and the way they allowed her to keep her dignity, we will never forget. Michelle passed so peacefully, and we as a family were all able to be with her.
We were overwhelmed with what the hospice had done for us, and we decided that we had to give back, and we had hoped to raise £10,000. We would have never imagined that today, with support from family, friends and Michelle’s work colleagues we would have so far raised £25,000. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us, and we know this money will make a huge difference and go on to support more families. Bernie, Michelle's sister
Their fundraising to date has included an online fundraising page and a team entry into the Great Manchester Run. The ‘Miles for Michelle’ team was also the top fundraising team at this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk, with sponsorship totalling an incredible £14,789.68.
Michelle’s family, friends and work colleagues have been absolutely incredible fundraisers, and we can’t thank them enough for their support. To have raised more than £25,000 already is a real testament both to their unending efforts, and the support and goodwill that people have for Michelle. Huge thanks on behalf of our patients, staff and volunteers to everyone who has helped the family reach this amazing total. It will make a huge difference to the hospice. Eamonn O'Neal, Chief Executive