John Henshaw is very much an Ancoats lad who lived in the area for many years. He is now a familiar face and voice on both screen and television as an actor who brings to life his characters with a typical down to earth Mancunian sense of humour. Ancoats Hospital was familiar to John having visited the outpatients regularly - following numerous scrapes from football and other childhood escapades. John is delighted to support our project and still visits the area whenever he can. He recently acted as auctioneer at the Trust's 'Sharing the Vision' public event - helping to raise a fantastic amount from the sale of an exclusively commissioned artwork!
June Rosen trained as a physiotherapist at Ancoats Hospital in 1958 and has never forgotten what a great training hospital it was. June's late father was Leslie Lever, Member of Parliament for the Ardwick and Ancoats Ward, later becoming the Lord Mayor of Manchester. She remembers the chocolate machine in the hospital waiting room particularly well - this being featured in L.S. Lowry’s 1952 painting Ancoats Hospital Outpatients' Hall. June is delighted to lend her support to the restoration of the Ancoats Dispensary, and is helping with the 'Creating Our Future Histories' research project in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University.