St Ann’s Hospice celebrates anniversary with royal visit

The Duke of Gloucester at St Ann's Hospice
The Duke of Gloucester with Eamonn O'Neal and volunteer gardener Tony Green

The Duke of Gloucester visited Salford to mark a special moment in St Ann’s Hospice’s history.

The charity, which cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Greater Manchester, is celebrating 40 years since its site in Little Hulton opened, and The Duke joined staff, patients and volunteers as they marked the occasion.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Duke of Gloucester for taking time in his busy schedule to come to St Ann’s.

“We were honoured to show him around our Little Hulton site, and to introduce him to some of our patients and their families, staff and volunteers.”

“Our second hospice site in Little Hulton began receiving patients in 1979, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal came to officially open it in May that year, so it’s an honour to have The Duke join us as we celebrate this special anniversary.”

“It’s an exciting time for the hospice, as we approach our 50th anniversary of the organisation in 2021.”

The Duke was given a tour of the hospice, and planted a special commemorative tree to mark the occasion.

He also met patients and families being cared for at the hospice, and spoke to volunteers and members of staff about the work the charity does in the local area.