The gardens of St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton have been transformed, thanks to the kind generosity of a local business man.

Fred Done, whose company BetFred has supported the hospice for many years, offered to fund work to improve the outside space at the hospice for patients to enjoy.

He arranged for his personal gardeners to spend 12 days working at St Ann’s to transform the space.

St Ann’s Chief Executive Eamonn O’Neal, said: “Many of our patients and their families like to sit outside of the hospice and spend time relaxing and unwinding, and we know that they really enjoy being out in the fresh air.

“Fred and Betfred have been so incredibly supportive of St Ann’s over many years, and we’re enormously grateful.  This latest kind donation really will make such a huge difference to the lives of our patients, and we can’t thank him enough.”

St Ann’s is one of the oldest and largest hospices outside of London, and is currently celebrating 40 years since its Little Hulton site opened in 1979.  His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visited the hospice as part of its anniversary celebrations, and planted a commemorative magnolia genie tree in the gardens too.

Fred Done said:  “It’s a joy to know that patients, visitors and staff are enjoying the gardens at the hospice.  I’m so proud of my team that made it happen and really appreciate all of their hard work.  It’s been a pleasure to create a space that everyone will be able to take advantage of as the summer approaches.”

In addition to the Little Hulton site, St Ann’s also offers care to patients with life-limiting illnesses from its Heald Green and Neil Cliffe Centre sites in Greater Manchester.  Teams there also run a range of community and outreach services to ensure as many patients as possible can access their specialist care.

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Gardener Cass Lambert (2nd from left), Fred Done (4th from left) and St Ann’s staff & volunteers  l-r Eamonn O’Neal, Anne-Marie Wynne, Linda Cleary, Ann-Marie Higney, Sheila Butler, Sian Burgess Sarah McDonnell