In these worrying times, we want you to know that our thoughts are with you and we send best wishes to you and your family, especially if you have been affected by the virus. At this time of great concern, I can assure you that St Ann’s Hospice, we are working closely with colleagues in Public Health England, the NHS, and the local hospital trusts, and have put strict measures in place to protect patients, visitors, volunteers and staff. If you currently have a relative with us in residence at the hospice, please feel free to contact the nurse in charge with any concerns you may have, or to discuss our new protocol for visitors.
As well as protecting everyone at the hospice, we must also consider the financial implications of the virus and the potentially damaging impact on the hospice. As you may know, over the last few weeks our events programme for the Spring has been completely wiped out, our shops have had an enforced closure and our flagship event, the Manchester Midnight Walk, has been postponed.
This has left us with a large unexpected funding gap of over £150,000. As a result, we’re asking whether you are able to give your urgent support to please help St Ann’s now. At the moment, there is no government support for charities who are facing financial difficulty, and as you can imagine our nurses, doctors, clinicians, housekeepers, cooks and administration staff are working harder than ever to ensure the specialist care that our patients deserve can continue throughout this crisis.
I’m enormously proud of the role we play in our local community and our dedication to providing a homely, caring and enriching environment for people with a life-limiting illness. I’m determined that, come what may, we must continue to provide the same levels of personal, round-the-clock care, not only during the current crisis but long into the future as well. Eamonn O'Neal, St Ann's Chief Executive
We appreciate that some of our supporters have challenges of their own through unemployment or sickness, and our thoughts are with you and your family. However, if you are able, I would like to ask you if you would please help us today?
You can help us in one of three ways:
If you can do one, two, or all of these things, it really will help us to support patients and families who need our specialist care at a very vulnerable time in their life. Thank you for your support.