Michelle’s story

Michelle became an inpatient at Little Hulton shortly after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Her family have been fundraising for the hospice ever since, in thanks for the care and support Michelle received.

Michelle Gannon, from Salford, was just 35 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She was admitted to our inpatient unit at Little Hulton, where she sadly died eight weeks after her diagnosis.

Michelle was a giver. She always believed in giving back and she inspired so many people during her short life, having a huge impact on people from all over the world. We will never be able to repay St Ann’s for what they did for us… it was like Michelle was home. Michelle was our celebrity, and the hospice treated her like one. The care and compassion they gave to her, and the way they allowed her to keep her dignity, we will never forget. Michelle passed so peacefully, and we as a family were all able to be with her. Michelle's mum, Margaret

Michelle’s family were so overwhelmed with the care and support given to her that they’ve been fundraising for the hospice ever since, to try and help make sure that we can continue providing the highest standard of care to patients in the future.

Their fundraising to date has included an online fundraising page and a team entry into the Great Manchester Run. The ‘Miles for Michelle’ team was also the top fundraising team at this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk, with sponsorship totalling an incredible £14,789.68.

We were overwhelmed with what the hospice had done for us, and we decided that we had to give back, and we had hoped to raise £10,000. We would have never imagined that today, with support from family, friends and Michelle’s work colleagues we would have so far raised £25,000. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us, and we know this money will make a huge difference and go on to support more families. Michelle's mum, Margaret

The amount raised is testament to the lasting impact that Michelle had during her life, and has made a massive difference to the care we are able to provide our patients.