Celebrating Pride at St Ann’s

Find out how we celebrated Pride Month at St Ann's, and how to join us at the iconic Manchester Pride Parade.

By Jenn Hughes on July 9, 2024

We’ve been celebrating Pride Month throughout June again this year at St Ann’s Hospice, and we’re delighted to be capping it off with the news that we will be returning to the Manchester Pride Parade this year – and you can join us!

In 2023, St Ann’s staff, volunteers, supporters, and family members and friends of patients came together to walk alongside each other in our inaugural Manchester Pride Parade entry. It was a fantastic day filled with joy, alongside important conversations and connections being strengthened with the LGBTQ+ community.

We’re thrilled to be doing it all again this year on Saturday 24th August, and you – our amazing supporters – have the opportunity to join us.


You can now register your place to walk in our parade entry, or find out more information, by clicking here. We are limited to 75 places for walkers, and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Last year, we asked our #TeamStAnns walkers why it was important to them to take part in Pride…

To support the organisation I am proud to work for with my partner, as we were also celebrating our 18 year anniversary of when she asked me to be her girlfriend at Pride. Nicole Manley, Deputy Head of Clinical Services, St Ann's Hospice
I’ve worked at St Ann’s Hospice for nearly 30 years and feel privileged to represent the inclusive care we give to all our patients. It’s important to reach out to LGBTQ+ community to show that St Ann’s Hospice cares. Suzanne Willians, Heald Green Inpatient Unit, St Ann's Hospice
We’ve seen just how inclusive an organisation St Ann’s is. It’s not just lip service, it’s embedded in your culture and that deserves to be celebrated. St Ann’s partner and supporter
I love having a day full of happiness and love. The amount of people that showed up is out of this world. It’s definitely a day I would recommend to anyone. St Ann’s corporate supporter

If you’d like to join #TeamStAnns for Manchester Pride, click here.

Manchester Pride will our final Pride event of the summer, having attended Stockport Pride and Salford Pride’s Pink Picnic in June.

As the Progress Pride flags hung outside our Heald Green and Little Hulton hospices for Pride Month, our Stockport vintage and bridal shop got into the rainbow spirit with a special shop window for Stockport Pride on Sunday 2nd June.

Our stall at Stockport Pride raised money for the hospice by glittering up the faces of attendees, as well as offering LGBTQ+ specific palliative care resources that have been developed by St Ann’s.

Later in the month we had a similar presence in Salford, with hospice volunteers offering resources and signposting and having some valuable conversations with the community at the well-attended Pink Picnic on Saturday 22nd June.

St Ann’s remains committed to breaking down barriers which have traditionally prevented equity in access to palliative care for groups including the LGBTQ+ community, and aim to ensure we are a fully inclusive organisation. If you have any feedback or ideas to share about how we could support the LGBTQ+ community further, please email communications@sah.org.uk.