Four Lodges had nominated St Ann’s Hospice to receive £4000 from the Mark Benevolent Fund and Anne-Marie Wynne, head of Fundraising was there to receive the cheque from VWBro David H Thompson, PGJO, APGM, along with WBro Kevin M Reaney, PGJD who deputised for the Worshipful Master of the Thomas Sharples Barlow Lodge No 1383.
Also present was Clare Henderson, Major Gifts, Trust & Foundation Fundraiser, Sarah Wolstenholme and Greg Kelly both of whom are Community Fundraisers.
The three other Lodges who nominated St Ann’s were, St Andrew’s Lodge No 34, Manchester Engineers Lodge No 1059 and White Stone Lodge No 1080, where each Worshipful Master had offered their apology for their non-attendance due to holidays. With a daily running cost of £20,000 per day, St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest adult hospices outside of London. A former children’s home, it was already more than 100 years old when it was converted into a hospice in 1971
This donation is part of a Major Capital Grant of £1.25m to over 250 hospices in England, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, recognises the contribution made by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the service of the Crown and the life of the nation.
With a daily running cost of £20,000 per day, St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest adult hospices outside of London. A former children’s home, it was already more than 100 years old when it was converted into a hospice in 1971. The building’s age and structure are creating limitations on the 350 staff and 700 volunteers who work tirelessly to help improve the lives of their patients and their ability to evolve to meet the growing and changing needs of the patients they serve.
On 30th April 2021, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council granted their planning application for a New Hospice in Heald Green. Subject to funding the required £20 million, they hope to start to dig the foundations of the new hospice in the Spring of 2022. With 21 individual en-suite bedrooms and two three-bed bays, they will be able to serve the needs of their community now and in the future.