Your stories

Changing people's perceptions is one of the biggest challenges we face in raising awareness of the help we can provide to those living with a life-limiting illness.

We've found personal stories help the most in overcoming people’s fears. We've created this area as a place to share the stories and experiences of patients, their family members and carers who have spent time at St Ann's.

If you're interested in sharing your experience of our care to help others, please get in touch with our communications team by emailing

Sara and Liz - now and then

Care across the generations

Supporters Sara and Liz have a connection to St Ann's that has lasted over five decades in both work and...

Natalie’s story

Natalie came to work at St Ann’s after her nan and uncle were cared for at the hospice.

A black and white photo of Frances playing the piano at Christmas

The Bellis family story

Frances spent her last Christmas at the hospice. Christmas was her favourite time of year, and her time in the...

Ian and Janice together with their arms linked together, looking at eachother and smiling.

Janice and Ian’s story

Ian came to St Ann's just after Christmas is 2016. Here, his wife Janice tells us about their experience of...

Mandy & Alex’s story

Mandy's stepdaughter Alex died at the hospice in 2019, here Mandy shares her experience of St Ann's.

Tom & Eli’s story

Tom died at St Ann's following a brain tumour, here his wife Eli tells us about their experience of St...

Michael & Ha’s story

Michael Hall died peacefully at his home in early 2018 with the support of our Hospice @ Home team. His...

Val’s story

Many people are surprised to learn that we have a Rehabilitation Team at the hospice, working with patients at various...

Debby’s lottery story

Debby has supported St Ann’s since her sister-in-law Louise was cared for by the team at Heald Green.

A photo of Janet with her dad, mum and sister.

Janet’s story

Janet shares how her whole family were supported by St Ann's while her dad was looked after at the hospice

Ann’s Story

Ann Morgan spent nine years visiting her grandma at St Ann's and for our 50th year, she wants to share...

Judith Archer’s Story

Supporter Judith Archer has had ties to St Ann’s since 1980 after her nana received care for cancer at the...

Evelyn’s story

Evelyn Smith remembers bringing her baby to the hospice to see his grandma for the first time 45 years ago......

Kath and Brian Rogers with their grandchildren

Beth’s story

Beth shares how St Ann's supported her mum, Kath, and their whole family

Helen’s story

Helen shares her family's experience when her mum was supported by St Ann's

Stacey's mum in a bed at the hospice, with George her ragdoll cat who is grey and white sat on the bed too

Stacey’s story

Stacey tells us about her mum's experience at St Ann's, and the quality time they had together at the hospice

Wendy & James’s story

Wendy's son James died at the hospice in 2018, Wendy shares their experience of St Ann's.

Michelle’s story

Michelle became an inpatient at Little Hulton shortly after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Her family have been fundraising for...

Colin & Julie’s Story

Julie shares her and Colin's story: "I, like most other people, thought that hospices are just places that people go...

Paul & Claire’s Story

Paul’s wife, Claire came to St Ann’s early February in 2021 and stayed for three weeks before she died. Here...

Alison Short case study forget me not story

Alison & Rick’s story

Alison’s family were so relieved when she was at St Ann’s.

Jennie Gib Carer Patient Heald Green

Gib & Jennie’s story

Jennie tells the story about the loss of her husband Gib, and how St Ann’s was “nothing short of wonderful.”...

Irene’s story

Irene was treated by our Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, and here she tells the story of her “smile.”

Andy & Sue’s story

Andy who was a day therapy patient and inpatient, donated his corneas, a transplant facilitated by St Ann’s.

Patient Carer Case study Gerard

Gerard & Anne’s story

Gerard was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, aged 26. His sister shares their experience of St Ann’s, Little Hulton.

Pam Carer Volunteer Case study

John & Pam’s story

Pam tells the story of the loss of her husband, John, and how she is now a valued volunteer at...

Elli Patient Carer Wedding Pete O'Brien Case study

Malcolm & Elli’s story

Elli’s partner, Malcolm, was an inpatient. Elli says “going into St Ann’s was the best decision we could have made.”

Frank & Nina’s story

The couple have a proud place in the history of St Ann’s as the first couple thought to have celebrated...