Biz Extra

Published: November 28, 2021 | Updated: November 29, 2021

The latest news from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care including recycling your Christmas tree…

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Read all the latest news from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and find out how we can help you keep your car boot free from Christmas tree needles and help the environment at the same time!

We also have a chat with Finance Officer/Company Secretary and Rubik’s Cube champion Trevor Arthur and our wonderful Trustee Peter Brooks.

There are always ways in which you and your company can support your local charity hospice.

Your support would mean so much to local patients and their families, so please head over to the Lewis-Manning website to find out more about the free of charge services that we offer and how you can help.

Simply click here.

We love to keep you involved in what our community is up to.

Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling service is back! – Returning by popular demand and this year it’s supported by local estate agents Leader Fox. Read online by clicking here.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care win ‘Best place to Work’ in inaugural Poole Business Awards – We scooped the coveted award of ‘Best Place to Work’ in the first Poole Business Awards, held at Upton House in Poole. The award was sponsored by Yellow Coaches. Full story here.

We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their continued support and help.

Each month we turn the spotlight on one of these incredible people who are an integral part of the organisation.

This month we meet Trustee Peter Brooks.

Why did you become a trustee?

I wanted to make a practical contribution and to make a difference in my community and considered that my business background and experience equipped me with the skills to achieve this goal.

How long have you been involved with the charity?

Two and a half years.

What’s your career background?

The whole of my working life has been in the food industry with multi-national companies, covering the UK, Europe, Africa & the Middle East. Latterly, three colleagues and I acquired Del Monte International Manufacturing and Marketing Operations for the above territories, in a Management Buy Out.

What do you bring to the charity in terms of expertise & knowledge?

Management direction & Profit & Loss responsibility. A proven record of working with people from different cultures & backgrounds. A long- time interest in participation in charitable groups & raising substantial funds.

What is your proudest achievement as a Trustee?

Super-efficient management throughout the charity, in a friendly environment and a commitment by the staff to achieve the aims and objectives of the charity.

With Christmas creeping upon us, it’s time to start thinking about sending Christmas cards to friends, family and colleagues.

We are delighted to offer a selection of stunning Lewis-Manning Christmas cards, which can be purchased in our retail shops or via our website.

By purchasing Lewis-Manning Christmas cards you are helping so many local lives in East Dorset and Purbeck.

Order your Christmas cards via Lewis-Manning’s online shop today by clicking here.

We’re proud of our dedicated and committed team,

This month we spoke to Trevor Arthur, Finance Office and Company Secretary, to find out about the person behind the Excel spreadsheets.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I get to work in an environment where we all care passionately about what we do and know that what I do facilitates the hospice in making a real difference in people’s lives.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

When climbing the career ladder make sure you have put the ladder up against the right wall!

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know

  • I once won a Rubik’s Cube competition completing 47 cubes in one hour.
  • I was capped four times for the Ulster Under-16 cricket team.
  • I’m an avid cyclist having cycled nearly 5000 kms in the last year.

Describe yourself in three words

Honest, reliable, pragmatic.

If you were going to rule the world for the day, what law would you introduce?

Pass a law ensuring nobody would live in fear, poverty and slavery.

Your best place for a holiday is?

Travelling through the national parks and icefields of Western Canada.

Our aim is to help as many local people as possible, who are dealing with a life limiting illness, to live their precious lives well.

There is no charge to attend Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

If you wish to make a donation to support our extraordinary hospice care, please visit

If you would like to know more about our vital services, or discuss anything in greater detail, then please contact a member of our team on 01202 708470 or email