Preparing for Christmas at St Ann’s

Eamonn O'Neal, Chief Executive, writes about how you can support St Ann's this Christmas, and the care we provide for patients during the festive period

By Eamonn O'Neal on December 18, 2018

As December draws to a close and Christmas is nearly upon us, it’s busier than ever here at St Ann’s.

We all know how hectic this time of year can get, and the hospice is no different. From organising Christmas fairs, to ensuring we have lots of charity Christmas cards, hospice lottery gift vouchers and seasonal goods on sale in our shops and online, we have been working hard to provide lots of ways for local people to support us this winter.

In fact, we have just held six special services at venues across Manchester as part of our Light Up a Life appeal, which allows you to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one this Christmas. If you missed the services, don’t worry- you can still dedicate a light on our virtual Winter Forest by clicking here. Alternatively, call the Fundraising Team on 0161 498 3631 to dedicate a light on one of our special hospice Christmas trees.

There’s a lot going on, but alongside all this vital fundraising activity we’ve also put plans in place for our patients over the Christmas period, too. Our staff and volunteers work right through the festive season, and are dedicated to ensuring that our wards are decorated beautifully, our day care patients have lots of entertainment, and that delicious Christmas lunches are served on the big day.

It’s so important to us that we can help our patients and their families create ever-lasting memories all year round, but that’s especially true at this time of year. Did you know that just £8.55 could pay for food for one of our patients for a day? If you feel you can spare just a small amount to help us make Christmas extra special this year for our patients, please click here.

We’ll be enormously grateful – and our patients will too. Thanks a million for all your support.

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