CITC Giving: introducing St Ann's
- Thu 30 Sep 2010, 1:23PM
- Posted by Rosie Bass
Continuing our series of introductions to City’s Charities of the Year, today we introduce the work of St Ann’s Hospice.
Founded nearly forty years ago, St Ann’s has grown to be the largest hospice in the Greater Manchester and a key part of the North West community.
The Hospice serves a population of around 1.2million people within Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Salford and parts of Cheshire, with over 3,000 people using their services every year.
Recognised as a centre of excellence for specialist palliative care, St Ann’s central aim is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families. The majority of patients that St Ann’s treats are admitted with cancer-related illnesses but services are also open to patients with illnesses such as chronic heart failure, chronic lung disease and neurological diseases such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The care that St Ann’s provides is entirely free of charge but the hospice has to rely on fundraising from the public to provide two thirds of their running costs.
This means St Ann’s has to raise £16,000 every single day to keep the doors open and to provide their range of services, amounting to a total of £6million every year
...St Ann's need for donations
The CITC Giving grant which the club is providing will purchase a much needed specialist vehicle for patient transportation. Currently, volunteer drivers for St Ann’s use their own vehicles to collect and return patients but due to the specific nature of some of the illnesses, specialist transport must be provided. The grant from CITC Giving will enable them to purchase a specially modified van to use as an ambulance.
Commenting on the partnership with the club, St Ann’s Chief Executive Jayne Bessant, said:
“We were delighted when we heard we would be working with Manchester City Football Club this year. The funds this grant will provide will purchase a very much needed state-of-the-art vehicle which will allow patients to more easily access our services, whilst also offering some respite from the burden of transporting them for their families or carers."
“It really is absolutely fantastic and we are very grateful to the club and its supporters for choosing to support us.”
For more information or to donate, please visit www.sah.org.uk