On Saturday 10th December at 5pm, the Swanage community put on their woolly hats and gloves and came together to reflect, celebrate and remember their loved ones at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s spectacular ‘Candles on the Beach’ event.
For a small donation, people were given their very own candle and the opportunity to write a personal message on their candle at the dedication station. Once tributes had been made, the LED candles were placed on Swanage beach by the incredible team of Lewis-Manning staff and volunteers. As the night drew on, Swanage beach was illuminated with hundreds of glowing lights in memory of everyone we love and care about.
The magical evening also included a heart-warming performance from the Singing for Pleasure group, as well as the local talented singer, Karen G, followed by a touching speech from Jo Sharkey, Lewis-Manning’s Family Support & Bereavement Lead.
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s Director of Fundraising Tom Goodinge said,
“The Swanage community has been incredibly supportive towards the charity and once again they went over and above to support and get involved with Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.
All of our events, of course, could only be run through the hard work of all our incredible staff and volunteers and I would like to thank them for all of their time and generosity to ensure events like this are a fantastic success.”
In total, the evening raised over £2,500 for the charity! These funds will help to ensure that Lewis-Manning can continue to provide extraordinary hospice care to people with a life-limiting illness, and support their families, this festive season.
At the end of the night, all of the candles were safely collected by the dedicated team to be reused and recycled, as to not effect wildlife and keep the beach clean.
Follow Lewis-Manning Hospice Care on social media, or visit their website to keep up to date with their upcoming events and see how you can continue to support the hospice this new year.
Candles on the Beach will return for 2023! We cannot wait to see you there…