I would like to thank you for the resulting letter of apology from the health trust. However small those results may seem I have taken great comfort in drawing closure over a part of my life I can now put to rest.

Charities supported by the Manchester office

Claire House – Claire House has been providing a service for children aged 0 - 23 years with life threatening or life limiting conditions and their families from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man since December 1998. The facilities are such that at any one time Claire House can accommodate up to ten children and their families. Claire House is set in 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped and adapted gardens, with swings and a play area designed for wheelchairs. Claire House offers a home from home environment offering a place where families can relax, recharge their batteries and have fun with their children. Expert care is on hand to help them make the most of each day and live life to the full. Claire House is not a sad place, it is a place for living. It provides an opportunity to share concerns and worries with people who understand. It is a place of fun and laughter, enjoyment, love and support.

Contact a Family North West - was the charity of the year 2011. Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children.  

Greater Manchester Amputee Support Group - The Greater Manchester Amputee Support is based at North Manchester General Hospital and provides support for prior to and after the operation.  The group meets once per month and North Manchester General Hospital.

The Legacy Rainbow House - The Legacy Rainbow House specialises in providing services for children with neurological problems and conditions such as cerebral palsy, genetic and metabolic conditions, and acquired brain injuries.  A holistic approach is offered to rehabilitation, which aims to teach children life enhancing techniques through education, recreation and sports, so that they can live more independent lives within the community.

Manchester Camerata
- Manchester Camerata is committed to bringing high quality live music to all people.  Each year over 300 education activities take place across the North West involving young people from disadvantaged communities and groups with special needs.

St Ann's Hospice - charity of the year 2012. Care at St Ann’s Hospice is based on the simple idea that a person who has a life-limiting illness or dying – is still very much a living person, with unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Our aim is to help people maintain their dignity and have the best quality of life possible. We’re not just focused on our patients either: we recognise that it’s also a difficult time for relatives, carers and friends and that they may need support too.

Young People's Support Foundation - YPSF was the Manchester Office's charity of the year 2010. YPSF works with young people aged between 16 – 25 who need support with their personal growth and development towards adulthood and independent living. YPSF specialises in providing support services for 16 – 25 years who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
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