Staff and volunteers from a local charity have been honoured at a special event in the city centre.
The St Ann’s Hospice event, which was held at the offices of one of their supporters Eversheds Sutherland, celebrated a year of achievements at the charity.
Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained: “I’m so proud to be part of a team that consistently provides such outstanding care and support to local patients and this event was a way of thanking just some of the people who make that possible.
“There’s an army of more than 700 local people who volunteer with the hospice, and we simply couldn’t continue to care for patients from our communities without them. The event saw us present some of our volunteers with special awards for achievements, and for their fabulous long service to the organisation. Some have been volunteering with us for as long as 40 years, which is such incredible dedication. We’re hugely grateful.”
In addition to awards for long service for volunteers, staff were also presented with accolades for their service milestones, as well as a range of awards which were presented by the hospice’s Chair of the Board Professor Jackie Oldham, to those who have gone above and beyond in upholding the hospice’s values over the last year.
The hospice, which is one of the oldest adult hospices outside of London, is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2021. It provides care to patients from its three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.
Eamonn O’Neal, added: “As one of the oldest hospices in the country, we’re consistently evaluating, evolving and developing our services to ensure we can continue to provide care for the next fifty years too. That’s never been so important, and it was great to gather together with colleagues to celebrate the achievements of the year gone by and look ahead to the next exciting phase in St Ann’s history.”
For more information about St Ann’s, please visit www.sah.org.uk