Hundreds join appeal in memory of loved ones

Rachel McMillan – Chief Executive of St Anns

This Spring, a local charity is giving people the chance to honour their loved ones with a special dedication in their memory.

Hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester will be taking part in the St Ann’s Hospice Forget-me-not Spring Appeal, which gives people the chance to reflect and celebrate the life of a loved one.

Appeal dedications are made alongside a donation to St Ann’s, with money raised helping the front-line clinical teams to continue providing specialist care to local patients.  Supporters can also create an online dedication in the hospice’s online Memory Meadow if they wish.

Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “Our annual Forget-me-not appeal is a beautiful way to come together to celebrate the lives of people we love.  Anyone can take part – you don’t necessarily need to have any connection with the hospice.

“It’s always incredibly moving seeing how many people join us for the appeal, and when reading their dedications and messages about family members and friends too.  The kind donations supporters make when taking part in the appeal make a real difference to the hospice.  We simply couldn’t continue to provide care without our local community, so can’t thank everyone enough.

“Many people find the gardens at our hospice sites are a place of tranquillity and a space to reflect.  The Forget-me-not flowers in our gardens come back every year and help us to remember people we have cared for and supported.

“Nature and being outdoors is shown to help wellbeing, and outside space is so important for that.  This appeal encompasses that feeling of Spring perfectly, as we look back and reflect, whilst also looking forward to the care that it will enable us to provide for people in the future too.

“Please do visit our website or call the team and join us for this year’s Forget-me-not Spring Appeal, while supporting a local cause.”

The hospice will also be holding three special Forget-me-not Spring Appeal services, for people of all faiths or none, giving an opportunity for reflection and celebration of the lives of loved ones.  There will be two in-person services on 11th June – 10am at the St Ann’s Hospice site in Little Hulton, and 2pm at the hospice in Heald Green – as well as an online service which will be available online from 16th June.

St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK, providing care to thousands of people every year from its sites in Little Hulton and Heald Green, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.  For more information on St Ann’s, or if you would like to take part in the Forget-me-not Spring Appeal to remember someone special, or find out more about how you can attend one of the services, please visit www.sah.org.uk/forget-me-not or call 0161 498 3631