Mum-of-two Susie Kwok was born the day before we welcomed patients for the first time in May 1971. So Susie thought it was fitting to celebrate her and our upcoming 50th birthdays by taking part in the Manchester Virtual Walk.
The 10km walk can be completed where or when participants want over our birthday weekend from the 14th – 17th of May and can be done in one go, or split up.
Susie was born on May 16, 1971, on the eve of St Ann’s opening its doors at Heald Green, which was officially opened by The Queen Mother the following month.
Susie, joined by sons Jacob and Isaac and friends Carmen Allington and Cathy Patterson, will stroll through woods near her home in Worsley raising sponsorship St Ann’s.
Our Virtual Walk – a twist on the iconic Manchester Midnight Walk – is open to all ages and is flexible and open to people of all abilities. Plus, it has an optional 70s theme reflecting the era.
It feels like fate that I should do the walk because my 50th birthday falls the same weekend as the hospice's 50th anniversary. I took part in the Midnight Walk in 2017 with my older sister Rosie and really enjoyed it and I've done a couple of Colour Runs. The easing of lockdown restrictions will hopefully mean we can go out for a meal and then maybe enjoy a family cottage holiday in the UK later in the year. Susie Kwok
Susie has owned community magazine On Our Doorstep, a free publication distributed to 20,000 homes from Monton to Astley, since 2010.
Susie said: “That’s how I first got in touch with St Ann’s by putting their events in our what’s on guide and since then I’ve carried on helping promote the charity.”