Your volunteering stories

We have an army of more than 800 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

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...

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...