Your volunteering stories

We have an army of more than 700 volunteers who support us in so many ways – from running our coffee shop and providing visitors with a much-needed cup of tea, to tending to the hospice gardens, working in our charity shops or supporting staff on our wards. We simply couldn’t continue to provide our care without their help, and are hugely grateful to each and every one of them for all their support.

Here are some of their stories and reasons why they volunteer for St Ann's.

If you are interested in sharing your experience of volunteering to inspire others, please get in touch with our communications team by emailing

Greg’s story

Greg helps us with various fundraising tasks such as bucket collections and delivering flowers.

Linda’s story

Linda is a true unsung hero, she works tirelessly and expects nothing back from it.

Volunteer Barbara Cake

Barbara’s story

Barbara the “coffee shop queen” says, “I am honoured to be a volunteer at St Ann’s and absolutely love being...

Tony’s story

Tony has been an invaluable member of the St Ann’s team since he started volunteering with us a staggering 40...

Ken’s story

Ken is a keen gardener, and he helps keep our hospice grounds looking beautiful.

Dave’s story

Dave volunteers at our Manchester Midnight Walk as a way of saying thank you for caring for his Dad

Kathleen’s story

Kathleen volunteers in the coffee shop and is always on hand to offer a free hug!

Averil’s story

Averil, a volunteer for over 40 years is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cheshire Woman of the...

Tom’s story

Tom is a student and volunteer on the inpatient unit and found that he has improved his skills through volunteering...

Diane’s story

Diane says volunteering has helped combat her depression.

Betty’s story

Betty has volunteered at St Ann’s for the last 45 years.

Hazel & Irene’s story

Hazel and Irene became best friends nearly 10 years ago after meeting on the same shift volunteering for St Ann’s...

Derek in his garden wearing gardening gloves.

Derek’s story

Derek volunteers in our hospice gardens. He shares some of his gardening tips that he's learnt from volunteering with St...

Judith’s story

Judith is a Volunteer Ambassador, helping us spread awareness of St Ann's in the community.

Jean’s story

Jean volunteers with us in a number of different roles across the hospice.

Mike & Gwyneth’s story

Mike and Gwyneth do various volunteering roles such as helping at events and driving patients to and from the hospice.

Elaine’s story

Elaine volunteered with St Ann's after knowing people who were cared here and wanting to give back.

Sandra’s story

Sandra volunteers with us in a number of different roles across the hospice.

Meet our complementary therapy volunteers

Tina Dennett, one of our Complementary Therapy Practitioners, introduces our therapy volunteers.

Sue’s story

Sue has volunteered at our Romiley shop ever since it first opened in 2007…

Chris’s story

Chris Robinson helps out at our shops by doing odd maintenance jobs. Here he explains why he volunteers for St...