St Ann’s Hospice Sensory Garden

by St Ann's Hospice in Heald Green, Greater Manchester, England

St Ann’s Hospice Sensory Garden

We have an urgent need to refit our patient & family courtyard so people can get much needed rest and sun. It is currently tired and shabby.

by St Ann's Hospice in Heald Green, Greater Manchester, England

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A place for patients and families to socialise whilst getting some fresh air thus improving their social and mental wellbeing.


St Ann’s Hospice provides specialist care to people affected by any life-limiting illness. We care for people with cancer but also people with other illnesses including organ failure, respiratory failure, dementia and motor neuron disease.


There isn’t a typical day at the hospice, but we are here to provide free of charge care for patients and their families 24 hours a day, every day. Our multidisciplinary team of nurses, doctors and other clinical specialists help to manage patient’s symptoms and care for their medical needs. Our spiritual and psychological team are also here to support patients and families in lots of different ways including financial and legal matters, housing and care needs and the emotional aspects of living with a life limiting illness.

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We have an urgent requirement to refit our patient and family courtyard here at our main Heald Green Hospice site. Patients and their families sit outside in this area, central to the Hospice, so it really needs to be a place of tranquillity and calm to enable people to get some much needed rest, and when it comes, some sunshine! 


Currently the courtyard is looking somewhat tired, shabby and overgrown. It would benefit from a full overhaul with the inclusion of some new comfortable and durable furniture plus some sensory plants with colour and scents to enhance well-being and relaxation. Our ultimate goal is for it to be a place for patients and families to socialise whilst getting some fresh air thus improving their social and mental wellbeing.

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The services offered by our hospice in Heald Green are available to all residents in Manchester, Stockport, Trafford and Salford. Our patients come from every area of the boroughs.


We help and support people living with all terminal illnesses through a combination of supportive outpatients, in patient beds and bereavement services. 


Unfortunately, illnesses are a fact of life; we all know someone or know of someone who has been affected by a life-limiting illness and although we cannot always add days to people’s lives, we can add quality of life to people’s days at a time when every single day makes a difference. The care does not stop at the patient – it can also be a difficult time for the people close to someone with an illness, and so we also support the family, friends and carers of our patients.


We have an army of more than 800 volunteers who support us in so many ways – from running our coffee shop and providing visitors with a much-needed cup of tea, to tending to the hospice gardens, working in our charity shops or supporting staff on our wards.


Our volunteer gardeners are on standby to help with the planting and the ongoing maintence of the gardens once the transformation is complete. We also have local corporate groups willing to come into the hospice to help with the work.

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