Light up a Life Appeal

Dedicate a light to a loved one this Christmas and help provide support and care for patients and families.

Each year we invite our family of supporters to celebrate a life of someone special and at the same time, help us provide love and care for the people who need us right now. Would you like to take part this year and help us raise the money we need to provide all the support our patients and their families need?

Light up a Life gives you the chance to dedicate a light to someone you love, whether they’ve been a patient here at St Ann’s, or if they are simply someone who you can’t be with this Christmas.

You can make a dedication on our special website, by adding a light to our online Winter Forest along with a photo of your loved one. You can share your dedication with your friends and family through your online network.

All dedications received by 22nd November will be recorded in our 2019 Book of Honour, which will be on display at our hospices in Heald Green and Little Hulton, and at Manchester Cathedral during the festive season.

Thank you for your support. It’s only through the generosity of people like you that we can continue to provide specialist palliative care for local people with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones at Christmas, and all year round too – we couldn’t do it without you.

Below you can read about Eli’s experience at St Ann’s and find out how your support helps make a difference to the people we care for. You can read more of their story here.

My memories of arriving at St Ann’s are a little hazy, but I do remember lots of tea and Tom making use of the ice cream machine! Tom was treated with care, dignity and humour, and I stayed every night and went back to being his wife. We actually got to celebrate Tom’s 35th birthday. The chef made an excellent cake and the family got together for an epic afternoon tea. Tom passed away in the early hours of Sunday 27th May. We were asleep together on his bed, holding hands. I fully believe that the reason Tom did as well as he did was due to St Ann’s care. This was our experience, not only Tom’s, which really sums up what a special place it is. They don’t stop caring about those left behind. Eli

You’re also invited to attend one of our Light up a Life services, where we come together to light up the evening sky with our memories. It’s a time to get together, watch our Christmas tree lights being turned on and share time with familiar faces.

Light up a Life services:

  • Sunday 1st December 2019 1pm/2.30pm/4pm Manchester Cathedral
  • Monday 2nd December 2019 7pm St Ann’s Hospice, Little Hulton (Outdoor)
  • Wednesday 4th December 2019 7pm St Peter’s Church, Hale
  • Thursday 5th December 2019 7pm St Ann’s Hospice, Heald Green (Outdoor)

If you’d like to attend a service, please make sure you make your online dedication as soon as you can, as tickets are limited.

We’ve been coming to the Light up a Life services since 1998. That was the year our Dad and Grandad, Bob Blanchard, died in the hospice. It’s always an emotional day but also a highlight in the year for us, as we get together as a family and remember him, and our Mum and Nana, Kath Blanchard, who died in 2010. The Blanchard family
Blanchard family

Dedicate a light to your loved one in our online winter forest by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the Light Up A Life Appeal or your dedication, please contact our fundraising team on 0161 498 3631 or