As part of our celebrations for our Little Hulton hospice’s 40th birthday, The Duke joined staff, patients and volunteers as they marked the occasion.
The Duke was given a tour of the hospice, and planted a special commemorative tree to mark the occasion. He met patients and families being cared for at the hospice, and spoke to volunteers and members of staff about the work we do in the local area.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Duke of Gloucester for taking time in his busy schedule to come to St Ann’s. We were honoured to show him around our Little Hulton site, and to introduce him to some of our patients and their families, staff and volunteers. Our second hospice site in Little Hulton began receiving patients in 1979, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal came to officially open it in May that year, so it’s an honour to have The Duke join us as we celebrate this special anniversary.
It’s an exciting time for the hospice, as we approach our 50th anniversary of the organisation as a whole in 2021. It’s a real testament to the local community that St Ann’s has been able to provide specialist care to people from Greater Manchester for so long. Whether that’s the support we receive from fundraisers who generously help us raise the £20,000 a day we need to keep our services running, the endless time our army of more than 700 local volunteers give to help staff and patients, or the businesses and health care professionals who collaborate with us in so many ways – we simply wouldn’t have been here for so long without you, so thanks for all you do for St Ann’s.
It’s so interesting looking back and reflecting on St Ann’s unique history and how privileged we have been, over the years, to have touched the lives of so many families. What’s interesting is that while hospice care changes and its breadth and ambition is probably unrecognisable to the care provided when the early hospices opened around half a century ago, the ethos of what we do remains the same. We always want to provide individualised, holistic care to our patients, and our overarching aim is to ensure they have the very best quality of life as possible. That hasn’t changed in almost half a century, and as we look ahead and evolve and develop our services for the future, we know that will always remain most important to us. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s