£1,000 raised in honour of school friend by Sale and District Lions Club

Written by Geoff Homer, supporter of St Ann’s Hospice

By Sam Izard on March 28, 2024

I am a longstanding member of Sale and District Lions Club and requested the club members agree to raising money for St Ann’s Hospice in honour of my friend who was cared for by the local hospice.

Steve spent the final few weeks of his life in the Heald Green site at St Ann’s Hospice last summer, with myself and my group of school friends appreciating the support he was given in this time.

Steve received fantastic treatment from the staff at St Ann’s, I was so impressed at how he was looked after and there was a lovely atmosphere in the hospice, which I didn’t expect before visiting.

Hospices are not places of doom and gloom; St Ann’s had a welcoming feeling when I visited to say my farewell to Steve and I’ve wanted to help them in some way since that day.

Every year Sale and District Lions Club hosts a comedy dinner for its male members, friends and family, and we choose a charity to support with the event. I organise the event each year and chose St Ann’s for this year’s event to commemorate Steve and raise much-needed funds for the hospice, with many other club members also having had personal experience of St Ann’s.

We were able to raise £1,000 on the night of the comedy dinner, with my group of school friends and Steve’s son and friends coming along to get together. All in all there were 70 people in attendance who were only too willing to support this very worthwhile charity.

The comedy dinner took place on the six month anniversary of Steve’s passing, so it was a lovely event that was very personal to those of us who knew Steve.

There were two comedians who were the entertainers at the event, with a raffle and other games also taking place to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.

If you’d like to support St Ann’s Hospice and take part in a fundraising event or challenge to ensure the care they provide to local people like Steve can continue, please click here.