“This month sees St Ann’s Hospice turn 50 years old. The hospice is one of the oldest and largest in the UK and, as chief executive, I’m so proud to be part of the team that is celebrating such an incredible milestone.
“We’re a charity that was founded by members of our local community, and we’re only able to continue to provide care to current and future generations of that same community, thanks to the generous support of local people. I would therefore like to say a huge thank you to our supporters for all of the support they’ve given over the years.
“There were those who took part in the initial appeal to create the hospice half a century ago, including groups of boys in Bury who sold conkers for four a penny. There were hundreds of people who headed to Granada TV when they opened the Coronation Street cobbles to the public for the first time in aid of the hospice. And there were those who turned out to see the Queen Mother when she officially opened our Heald Green site.
“There are so many people who have joined in our events, played our lottery, visited our shops, made a donation, or volunteered their time over the years. Thousands of individuals, all coming together to make a huge difference to the lives of our patients and their families.
“The support we’ve seen as we’ve worked on the front line during the pandemic has been phenomenal, and as we look to the future, which will see us creating a new hospice building that will be fit for another 50 years and beyond, I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this amazing journey.
“We couldn’t do what we do without you, and your support is hugely appreciated. Thank you.”