New year, new you?

A man carrying a table out of the furniture van

Are you determined to get on top of your life admin in 2024? Now that the festivities are over, is January the time to start ticking off some of those tasks on the to-do list and get sorted for the new year? Here at St Ann’s, we are here to help. We have various opportunities and resources below to make your life a little easier.

Recycle your Christmas tree

Not sure what to do with your tree now that Christmas is over?

We have partnered with the charity JustHelping, who will collect and recycle your Christmas tree in return for a welcome donation to the Hospice.

Register your tree for collection via the JustHelping website, and our volunteers will pick up your tree between 11th and 14th January 2024.

Free furniture collection

Out with the old, in with the new… If you have furniture you’d like to donate to our charity shops, we can provide a free collection service, so you have one less problem to think about!

All details relating to donations and the collection form can be found here.

Clothing donations

New year, new wardrobe? If the new year has spurred you on to have a clear out and you’re wondering what to do with your unwanted clothes, we’d welcome your donations at one of our many charity shops in and around the Manchester area.

Visit our ‘Donating Goods‘ page for further details.

Payroll giving

Have you been thinking about setting up a regular charitable donation? Did you know Payroll giving is a tax-efficient scheme that allows employees to give more for less? You can set up regular donations to our hospice through your payroll before tax.

Payroll giving is simple to set up, tax-efficient, and provides businesses with the chance to improve their social responsibility; all while providing the hospice with reliable and consistent donations, allowing us to better plan ahead to provide care to our patients.

Check if your company offers payroll giving or tell them about it and encourage them to sign up.

Our guide to payroll giving can be found here.

Free Will-writing service

Getting around to writing a Will is something that can stay on the to-do list for a long time, but it is so important for everyone to make one. This March is Will Month, so it is the perfect time to get sorted. Local solicitors will be waiving their Will-writing fees when you donate to St Ann’s. Details of how you can book an appointment during Will Month can be found here.

Celebrating International Volunteers Day with Beth

I start work at 10am and it’s always lovely to be welcomed so warmly by Esme, the Shop Manager, and Duck, (David), who also works Wednesdays. 

Jackie is also often in on a Wednesday and it’s so nice to see familiar faces. 

When your life revolves around being at home with your kids, it gives an extra sense of belonging. It’s not a stuffy, serious vibe at work, it’s very much a friendship feel, with good banter and a chance to get to know each other.

This means the team can feel like your support system, when you’re waffling about the trials and tribulations of life, or parenting! It also extends your friendship circle when you bump into them whilst out! 

One of my main duties now includes working on Facebook. I check with Esme which section she wants me to concentrate on that day, e.g. Ladies, Men’s, Kids, Christmas etc, and I take lots of pictures of things that I think will sell well. I then upload them to the St Ann’s Romiley Facebook page, along with details of all the ways people can get in touch with us and details of any special offers on that day. 

Once uploaded, I then share the post to many different Facebook groups around the Stockport area. Once that’s done, I reply to any messages that come through, checking the size of an item, or price, or asking us to hold an item for up to 48 hours.

As well as Facebook duties, I also work on the till., putting purchases through or printing out labels for donations received. I also encourage customers to sign up to Gift Aid

When customers come into the shop with bags of donations, I take them through to the back so that they can be sorted. I’m a very social, outgoing person, so I love interacting with the customers and will always greet them as they enter and leave the shop. 

I’m more than happy to chat with them if they look like they’d appreciate that!

I love knowing that whilst I get a lot out of volunteering, it’s also for a bigger cause and a bigger picture.

Beth Crowcroft, Volunteer Shop Assistant

I finish work at 12pm, having packed lots into the two hours I’m there. Over the course of the five years I’ve been at Romiley St Ann’s shop, the amount of time spent volunteering weekly has varied. I initially did one morning a week and then built it up to two mornings a week.

Due to home circumstances, I then needed to go back down to one morning a week. I love the flexibility that comes with volunteering here. 

Here’s to many more years volunteering at Romiley St Ann’s shop, as it really is such a welcoming, friendly place!

Winter bargains at our Stockport bridal and vintage shop

Our Stockport store has a specialist bridal boutique on its first floor, which has an excellent range of brand new or hardly worn wedding dresses being sold this winter. 

There will be great prices too on all bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride and groom outfits, as well as further discounts in the ground floor vintage shop on all vintage items and books. 

The sale is flaunting brand new and excellent condition outfits that are perfect for any weddings or festive occasions you might have coming up. 

Jules Lamb is the Acting Manager of our Stockport store and she’s encouraging anyone in need of a wedding outfit or vintage items to go down to the shop for this season’s bargains. 

“I help to run the St Ann’s Hospice Stockport shop to raise funds for its services, which cover much of Greater Manchester and parts of Cheshire. There is a dedicated specialist bridal and occasion dress shop on the second floor, which has the latest styles on offer for great value for money. 

All of the dresses at our shop are on sale for £200 or less until the end of November, with lots of dresses available that have only been worn once or are brand new.

Jules Lamb , Stockport Shop Manager

“We know people love to recycle and be more environmentally conscious, so we love to support this to make sure our customers get pre-loved dresses that are in excellent condition.” 

The money raised from each dress is so important in supporting our hospice which helps many people in Greater Manchester with end-of-life care. 

There are appointments for fittings all day from Tuesday to Saturday, and the store caters to everyone’s needs for their dress, with accessories to match and a recommended seamstress just down the road from the shop. 

To see more updates about the dresses and accessories in store currently, please visit the Facebook page SAH Bridal Stockport 

Shop with St Ann’s at Charity Super.Mkt this weekend!

St Ann’s Hospice are almost ready for Charity Super.Mkt at ‘We Invented the Weekend’, a free festival taking place in MediaCity this weekend.

Charity Super.Mkt boasts sustainable and affordable shopping that presents second-hand clothes and accessories from over 10 of the nation’s best charity retailers for those attending to browse and buy.

We Invented the Weekend is a brand-new festival, with activities celebrating and sharing everything people love about the weekend – particularly celebrating shopping!

St Ann’s Hospice will have a stand with amazing designer brands, vintage clothing and accessories sent from across all our shops and generous donors.

We’ll be there from 10am-7pm on Saturday 3rd June and from 10am-6pm on Sunday 4th June.

We are really excited to be taking part in Charity Super.Mkt’s first event in the North of England. We can’t think of a better event to showcase the amazing quality donations we get every day in our charity shops across Greater Manchester than the bold and unmissable festival that is We Invented the Weekend. Not only is it a great opportunity to celebrate the weekend being invented in Greater Manchester (it really was!), it’s also a fantastic way for people to support Greater Manchester’s largest and oldest hospice too.

Ryan Perkins, Head of Trading – Retail, St Ann’s Hospice

Ryan Perkins Trading Company Assistant

Charity Super.Mkt is the UK’s first multi-charity shop, bringing together a range of charity retailers to sell side-by-side in their pop-up shops and at their market events.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, co-founder of the We Invented the Weekend festival, commented on the final programme announcement. He says: “It’s nearly time to let loose and celebrate free time in a completely refreshing and new way this June. We Invented the Weekend is for everyone and we guarantee everyone will get to try a new pastime or ten during the weekend celebrations.

“The festival has the perfect mixture of activities so no matter where you’re travelling from or who you’re travelling with, there will be something for you. And what is more, it’s FREE!”

For more information on Charity Super.Mkt at We Invented the Weekend, see their website here.

For more information on our charity shops, see here.

Get a taste of volunteering at St Ann’s Hospice shops

As part of The Big Help Out, a national initiative to raise awareness of and provide opportunities for volunteering, St Ann’s Hospice is offering volunteer taster sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at our charity shops.

The taster sessions will take place every Thursday until 8th June across six of our charity shops in Heald Green, Stockport, Edgeley, Sale, Altrincham and Little Hulton. All the sessions are two hours, either from 10am-12pm or 2-4pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills, all whilst doing your bit to support St Ann’s Hospice.

We are really pleased to be part of The Big Help Out and offer taster sessions for volunteers in our St Ann’s Hospice charity shops. Our shops raise thousands of pounds for St Ann’s Hospice every year and we couldn’t continue to do this without the work and commitment of our shop volunteers. Volunteering in our shops is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills, while making a valuable contribution to St Ann’s. The volunteer taster sessions provide an opportunity for anyone curious about volunteering to meet the shop teams and find out more about how our volunteers help, from sorting donated items and preparing them for sale to creating exciting window displays.

Trudi Ogden, Co-Head of Trading, St Ann’s Hospice

Ian Stewart, a volunteer at the St Ann’s Hospice shop in Sale, has been volunteering for six years since he retired in 2017.

I needed to do something moving forward and decided to give back to St Ann’s after they cared for my mum. I’d never worked in a shop before, but I like meeting people, talking to them and having a joke with them. I get on with the team and get a real reward out of doing it.

Ian Stewart, Volunteer, St Ann’s Hospice

Volunteers have been joining the taster sessions since The Big Help Out was launched on 8th May as part of the Coronation weekend. The Big Help Out estimate that 6,510,000 million people participated in 55,123 events across the country, and hope that it will encourage further volunteer participation in local communities.

There are opportunities to become a permanent volunteer if you enjoy your taster session, with St Ann’s Hospice always looking for people to join our friendly teams across Greater Manchester.

To book a session or find out more details, you can download The Big Help Out app via the App Store, or alternatively visit the website at

“The dress was a dream to wear, I felt like a million dollars!” St Ann’s Hospice’s Bridal Shop flaunts incredible dress selection

Credit: @vivienneeegeweddings on Instagram.

Our Bridal and Vintage Store in Stockport boasts many wedding dresses donated to us by wedding boutiques and local people who want their wedding dress make someone else’s special day.

Alexandra Hodges got married on 18th February and wore a dress she’d bought from the shop last year.

Alexandra says: “I tried on lots of dresses in different boutiques across the country, but I hadn’t found the exact one I was looking for. I didn’t have a specific dress design in mind, I just wanted to see what dress was right for me.

I had a few dresses that I was considering when trying them on at the shop, but then at the last minute a beautiful Justin Alexander dress was pulled out, specifically for me to try, and I remember so vividly how I couldn’t stop looking at myself in it! It was the one!

Alexandra Hodges, Bride

We run our Stockport shop with a dedicated specialist bridal department on the second floor which has the latest styles on offer for great value for money.

All of our dresses at the shop are for sale, with hundreds of dresses available that have only been worn once or are brand new. Many are donated by bridal boutiques at the end of the season, so they are all great value for a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere.

My dress was in such brilliant condition; it had never been worn before and was only £300 – a tenth of the price I was looking at paying elsewhere.

Alexandra Hodges, Bride

“I didn’t originally have a budget for my dress, but with so many styles I was completely spoilt for choice at the Stockport shop and made it even better that the dress I fell in love with was a bargain!”

Jules Lamb, Acting Manager at our Bridal and Vintage store, says: “We know people love to recycle and be more environmentally conscious, so we love to support this to make sure our brides get dresses that are in excellent condition and are second hand.

The money paid for each dress is so important in supporting St Ann’s Hospice which helps many people in Greater Manchester with end-of-life care.”

Jules Lamb, Acting Manager at the Bridal & Vintage store

There are appointments for fittings all day from Tuesday to Saturday, with the shop also catering for mother of the bride and bridesmaids, accessories to match and a recommended seamstress just down the road.

Alexandra says: “I’m honestly so grateful and feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to wear such an amazing dress from this lovely shop. My experience was nothing short of brilliant!”

Credit: @vivienneeegeweddings on Instagram.

To see more updates about the dresses and accessories in store, please visit our Facebook page SAH Bridal Stockport.

Bargain lovers in the area will be in for a treat this month thanks to a special sale!

We get so many amazing items donated to the hospice, and many are sold in our shops around Greater Manchester or in our online stores. But, we know how much people love a bargain, so have also decided to run this special sale at our big Distribution Centre in Reddish. It will be perfect for people who love to have a browse, and with hundreds of items available, they’re sure to come away with some great deals.

Ryan Perkins, Co Head of Trading at St Ann’s

Trading Company Ryan Perkins Reception

The sale, which will be open from 9am to 1pm, will take place at St Ann’s Hospice Distribution Centre, Bankfield Industrial Estate, Unit A1, Coronation Street, Reddish, SK5 7SE. 

As with all of our shops, money raised will help the hospice to continue providing its specialist care to people from across Greater Manchester and parts of Cheshire – so as well as grabbing a bargain, shoppers can also be reassured to know that their purchases are making a real difference too.

Ryan Perkins, Co Head of Trading at St Ann’s

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Why I love my job – Jenny

“My role includes buying new goods to sell in our high street shops and putting together seasonal catalogues to promote stock.

“I’m based in our Distribution Centre in Reddish, where I manage the warehouse day-to-day and manage and promote our drive-thru donation days and Distribution Centre sales. I also take donations and sort them for the shops and sale days.

“I’ve worked in charity retail for 20 years, including buying for national charities, and I’ve been at St Ann’s for four years.

One of the things I love most about my job is knowing that every penny I help raise goes to support the hospice.

“My favourite part of the job is putting together the Christmas card catalogue and choosing the range of cards.

“I love meeting people at the drive-thru donation days and Distribution Centre sales. People are very generous and want to support St Ann’s.”

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