St Ann’s employee, Natalie Birmingham, saw first-hand the the care and compassion offered at the Little Hulton charity when her grandmother and uncle died there within a few months of each other. Both Brenda Cook (72) and Andrew Seymour (52) had cancer, providing Natalie, from Astley, with the toughest time of her life five years ago.
Following this experience, Natalie decided to change careers to become a trainee assistant mental health practitioner at St Ann’s in January after working for Greater Manchester Police for 14 years.
Natalie‘s role involves offering psychological support, including bereavement help, for patients and families.
It's something I've been through myself, so I have an idea of what people are going through. We're only a small family so to suffer two big losses in such a short space of time was hard. I was blown away by the care and support from St Ann's and to lose my uncle so soon after my nan was heart-breaking. Eventually, it made me stronger and made me feel passionate about helping others through the journey I've been on. I love working here although Covid-19 has meant we had to provide counselling online and over the phone. Natalie Birmingham, Trainee Assistant Mental Health Practitioner
Natalie is raising funds for St Ann’s by running 13.1 miles – the equivalent of the Great North Run.
I'm not much of a runner so it's quite a challenge for me but it's for a great cause. Natalie Birmingham, Trainee Assistant Mental Health Practitioner
We love to hear the exciting fundraising ideas that our supporters have. Whatever you decide to do, your support will help us to raise essential funds to provide world-class care to our patients.
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