We’d like to invite you to be a part of our annual Forget-me-not Appeal. Your kindness helps us to continue providing specialist care for our patients and their families when they need it most.
We’re very proud of the specialist care our hospice provides to people throughout Greater Manchester. As a local charity, we couldn’t do what we do without the amazing generosity of our supporters. We appreciate your kindness, and hope it’s a comfort to know how much your generosity really does make a difference to our patients.
This year, you can dedicate a Forget-me-not flower in our online Memory Meadow, and share your memory with family and friends.
St Ann’s regularly creates special moments for our patients, and here we’d like to tell you about the time we helped Colin and Julie, a patient and his wife, to attend a gala dinner to see one of their favourite singers perform. Colin was in his forties, and he and Julie had recently got married and were very much in love. Their special song was Rick Astley’s “Angels On My Side”. Rick found out about Colin and Julie’s story and their love for his song, and he kindly invited them to the event as VIPs.
Colin was an inpatient at St Ann’s at the time of the event. Our doctors and nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, social worker, the fundraising team and volunteers all pulled together to make sure Colin was ready and able to go out.
Colin and Julie got to meet Rick and hear him perform their special song before returning to St Ann’s. Colin died not long after this, but Julie has a wonderful memory of a happy time made possible by the hospice team.
When Colin first came into St Ann’s, he was bed-ridden and fed up, but it quickly became like home. We were greeted very warmly and made so welcome and comfortable – I felt like we’d been scooped up and taken to their heart. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Colin, and St Ann’s made that possible. Julie