Hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester will be remembering their loved ones as part of a very special appeal, in support of local charity St Ann’s Hospice.
The Forget-Me-Not appeal gives people the chance to receive a special wooden keepsake and, if they wish, to attend a service to remember friends or family members they can no longer be with while also making a donation to St Ann’s.
Organisers of the appeal, which runs until July, are expecting the total number of people taking part to reach more than a thousand before it closes, with all donations going towards helping local patients, their families and carers.
The charity, which operates from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, looks after thousands of patients every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – managing their symptoms, providing support, caring for people at the hospice or at home, and providing end of life care.
Rachel McMillan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Services at St Ann’s, said: “It’s incredible that so many people from across Greater Manchester choose to support the hospice and we’re always so overwhelmed to see people remembering loved ones as part of the Forget-Me-Not appeal.
“Many of the people taking part have lost someone at the hospice, but that’s not always the case. Anyone can join the appeal and celebrate the life of someone special, and we do often see people who don’t have any connection with St Ann’s taking part.
“The money raised helps us to continue providing our care to the thousands of local people we support each year, and we simply couldn’t do that without the kind generosity of the public.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has already taken part, and also to anyone else who joins in over the coming few months. Every penny raised really does make a difference.”