The Ferndown branch of U3A has raised over £3,000 for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care after the charity was nominated as its ‘charity of the year’.
U3A is a UK-wide collection of 1000+ charities that provide the opportunity for those no longer in work to come together and learn for fun.
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Trustee Tim Lee, who is also a U3A member, said, “I put the charity forward for consideration and was ecstatic that the members chose it as its ‘Charity of the Year’, particularly fitting considering that it was in Lewis-Manning’s 30th anniversary year.”
Ferndown U3A member and Ferndown Town-Crier, Mike Andrews advised, “I pledged to walk 1,000 miles to raise much needed funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.”
Mike asked members to sponsor him 1p per mile. By the end of his challenge, he had completed an incredible 1,650 miles and many supporters were very generous and donated an additional £6.50 each. Alongside the sponsored walk initiative, Mike organised and hosted a community quiz raising an impressive £2,321.59 in total.
In addition to Mike’s fundraising, U3A Green Fingers Group raised £310 by hosting a plant sale, whilst other general donations and collection boxes raised almost £600.
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Trustee Tim Lee added, “All of U3A’s fabulous fundraising throughout the year has meant that the overall total raised was an amazing £3,230, a wonderful amount and it will make such a positive difference to the lives of our patients and their families in East Dorset & Purbeck and will allow the hospice to provide care for so many people in the community.” “Lots of members have said they want to continue their support for Lewis-Manning. We’re doing a campaign amongst members to ask people to declutter and donate to one of Lewis-Manning’s 6 charity shops. The shops are always looking for good quality preloved items like clothes and household pieces, so we’ve asked members to fill a bag full of second-hand stuff, which is worth on average around £30. This could pay for nurse’s time towards supporting people with a life-limiting illness.”
U3A Ferndown Chair, Bob Reeve concluded, “We are always keen to be supportive of worthwhile charities in our community and are conscious of the excellent work that the hospice delivers to patients and their families in East Dorset and Purbeck. It was a pleasure to raise money for Lewis-Manning and we look forward to continuing to help where we can.”
If you, your business or community group would like to support Lewis-Manning Hospice Care they would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 708470 to discuss how you can get fundraising or supporting the charity in any way you can.