Annual golf day in memory of Anthony Lowthian

A popular annual golf day in memory of sports enthusiast Anthony Lowthian has been running for 17 years.

By News Team on December 17, 2021

Family and friends have raised more than £13,000 in that time for St Ann’s where Anthony, from Sale, died on Christmas Day in 2004.

Anthony was diagnosed with motor neurone disease four years earlier and regularly received respite care at the Heald Green hospice during his illness.

Brothers Phil and Chris organise the golf day, held at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club for the last few years around his birthday, September 8.

Anthony, an IT director, also has two sisters Julie and Elizabeth, and a youngest brother Daniel.


Anthony loved the hospice and the care he got there. He went in at his own request a few days before he died when his condition deteriorated. MND is an awful degenerative illness , but St Ann's opened Anthony's eyes to help him focus on quality of living and introduced him to alternative therapies. He wanted to go into the hospice for Christmas and we often wonder whether he knew he was dying and wanted to take a burden away from our family. He had a dignified death and received the best care and comfort at St Ann's. You don't want to lose your brother at 41, but our golf reunions keep the happy memories of Anthony alive. As kids we played cricket at Sale Moor and he played football for Old Smithillians. Phil Lowthian, Brother of Anthony
We are so grateful to Phil and Chris for organising the golf days in honour of Anthony and raising so much money for the hospice over the years. It means so much to us when the local community support St Ann’s in memory of someone they love. We really couldn’t carry on caring for our patients without you, so thank you so much. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice

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