Lewis-Manning started the year with a bang to kick-off a year of activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.
The packed calendar of events started with a small celebratory tea party with staff, trustees and patients who have played a part in the charity’s success over the past three decades, hosted at the hospice on Longfleet Road in Poole.
Clare Gallie, Chief Executive at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care said, “Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has achieved so much in the past 30 years, helping over 8,000 patients, carers and loved ones to get the much needed hospice care they deserve. None of this would have been possible without the incredible help and support from staff, volunteers, trustees and our community who have made the hospice the extraordinary beacon that it is. We have lots going on this year to celebrate this fantastic achievement and hope you could join us and become part of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care too.”
Jeremy Allin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care commented, “I am so proud to be part of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, especially during its 30th anniversary. I have been Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care for a number of years and I’ve seen the innovation, drive and enthusiasm to help even more people across East Dorset and Purbeck. The work Lewis-Manning does is so important, particularly as there is increasing demand for hospice care. The future is looking bright for Lewis-Manning over the next 30 years because of all the work our local community does to support the charity now and in the future.”
Tony Roberts, Life President of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, added, “It’s wonderful to be celebrating 30 years at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. As one of the original people involved in setting up the charity, it is fantastic to see it grow and flourish from an idea our founder Marjorie Lewis-Manning had, to the incredible place it is today. I’m sure she would be so proud of the how many people the hospice has cared for and that her legacy is continuing all these years later. Here’s to the next 30 years…”
Day Care Hospice patient said, “Lewis-Manning’s support and kindness, particularly during the last 18 months, has been a real lifeline for me. The hospice staff and fellow patients are an extension of my family and home. Coming here is like having a blanket wrapped around you. On our hospice days we don’t sit and talk about our illnesses, we talk about everyday life. There’s no doom and gloom, there’s always so much laughter, it’s a very happy place to be.”
Another Day Care Hospice patient added, “Lewis-Manning Hospice Care means everything to me. It’s the only place where I feel safe to really let go of my feelings. Everyone understands, you don’t have to explain, they just get it.”
Trustee Chris Palmer advised, “For many years I was aware of Lewis-Manning and always respected the work that they did in the broader community, so to be given the opportunity to support them as a trustee has been an extremely rewarding experience. I’m very proud to be a part of their community and helping to make a difference.”
Day Hospice Clinical Team Manager Debbie commented, “The hospice has achieved so much so far in its 30 year history and we are looking forward to the future and achieving much more.”