Christmas fairs raise more than £7,000 for St Ann’s Hospice

Fundraiser Helen Taylor at the St Anns Hospice Christmas fair

St Ann’s Hospice’s annual Christmas fairs have raised more than £7,000 for the charity thanks to the generous support of local people.

The fairs are a highlight of the hospice’s annual fundraising calendar and are always attended by large groups of local people keen to find a festive bargain or two whilst supporting the charity.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “It was amazing to see so many people from our local communities coming together to enjoy the Christmas fairs, and we’re thrilled to have raised so much money for our patients and their families.

“We all have a lot of commitments at this time of year, and it’s so heart-warming that people from across Greater Manchester make time to come along and join us in this way.

“We only receive around a third of our funding from the NHS so we have to fundraise the rest – around £20,000 a day – to keep our services at our three hospices sites and our community and outreach care provision going for local patients.

“We’re hugely grateful, as always, to everyone who supports the hospice. We can’t thank you all enough.”

St Ann’s cares for people from its three hospice sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of other community and outreach services.  It is one of the oldest hospices outside of London, and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021.