Dr Moya Cole, from The Christie Hospital, informally approaches the Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Dr William Greer, asking if local churches would join together to set up a hospice.

It took the considerable effort of dedicated volunteers to raise the funds needed to build the hospice. An appeal for £250,000 was launched and Manchester’s community took the cause to its heart.

Early fundraising initiatives included Granada Television’s offer in 1970 to open their Coronation Street outdoor street set to viewers on Bank Holiday weekends. Visitors were invited to donate a 10p ‘admission fee’ to walk the famous cobbled street, which brought in £3,000 for St Ann’s.