Celebrating your 50th birthday is an exciting time. St Ann’s hospice, which has a base in Little Hulton, has been enjoying its anniversary with celebratory charity events. 

In 1967, it was recognised that a hospice was needed in Manchester. This is when Dr Moya Cole, from the Christies Hospital, approached the Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Dr William Greer asking if local churches would join together to set up a hospice. 50 years later St Ann’s Hospice is still thriving.

Chief executive Rachel McMillan said: “We have been pleased to hear that people are so excited that our birthday is a special moment in the history of Manchester too. St Ann’s is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK and we have had such lovely feedback from people who are proud to have our specialist facility in their locality.”

She added: “At the start of the year we launched our special guide to 50 ways you can join in our celebrations and I have been thrilled to see so many people getting involved.

“From pledging to volunteer in our hospice shops, to taking part in one of our anniversary events and activities people have really gotten behind our charity.

Photos provided via St Ann’s Hospice

“To all the individuals and groups joining us to take on a sporting challenge as part of our birthday year, we have been very overwhelmed by all the support for our charity.”

Click here to find the St Ann’s website where you can find how you can get more involved in supporting this local charity.

Ms McMillan said: “As a charity that is only here because of that same community providing tremendous support for half a century, we are proud that we are able to continue caring thanks to the generous support of local people.”

Anyone can get involved in fundraising for St Ann’s Hospice, if you like to know more about how you yourself can get involved go to the St Ann’s Hospice website HERE

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