Published: December 22, 2021 | Updated: December 23, 2021

Biz News update: Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, b4b, Dorset Mind, Goadsby and Home-Start

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care deliver ‘Bags of Kindness’ to patients

‘Bags of Kindness’ have been delivered by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care to its patients and families in East Dorset and Purbeck.

The initiative was first launched in 2020 to help combat the loneliness and isolation patients were experiencing in lockdown.

The aim was to brighten the day and put a smile on faces.

In fact, the bags were so well received by patients that it has now become an annual Christmas initiative, bringing much needed joy during what can be a very difficult time.

Vicki Gray, Area Fundraiser, pictured left, said: “We wanted to spread some happiness this Christmas to our wonderful patients.

“We have been kindly donated items for the bags from various companies, so a huge thank you to the New Stour and Avon Magazine, The Artful Baker, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Mr Lees Noodles, The Food Warehouse, Iceland, Co-op, Sainsburys and WHSmith.

“The items include mince pies, biscotti/festive biscuits, hot chocolate, chocolate, toiletries, a local magazine and a cracker!”

Lisa Wansborough, Health Care Assistant, said: “We see first-hand how much of a struggle this time of year is for people.

“It’s wonderful to hear and see the patients light up when they receive their gifts.

“If organisations, companies and individuals would like to support and help us with future ‘Bags of Kindness’ or initiatives, we would love to hear from you.

“Making contact with us is easy, simply call 01202 708470 and ask to speak to the Fundraising Team or email and someone will be able to help.”


b4b marketing announces Dorset Mind as 2022 Charity of the Year

b4b has named Dorset Mind as its fundraising partner for 2022.

The Poole-based software, web and marketing agency is pledging to create a calendar of events to raise money for the mental health charity.

Every member of the b4b team was asked to vote for the charity they wanted to support.

It quickly became clear that mental health was a subject close to many hearts.

Melissa Boyle, b4b’s Marketing Manager, pictured with Yasmin Brown, Dorset Mind’s Training and Community Relationships Coordinator, is leading the Charity of the Year initiative.

She said: “Mental health is such an important issue, especially during these uncertain and difficult times.

“I am thrilled that we are supporting a charity that does such worthwhile work tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness, while providing valuable education and support to those who are struggling.”

In her spare time, Melissa writes on the subject of mental health and shares her own lived experience of OCD.

She says that she finds it inspiring that so many of her colleagues are eager to support Dorset Mind.

During the course of 2022, b4b will hold monthly fundraising events both internally and with the involvement of clients.

In keeping with the theme of mental wellness, some of these will be activities designed to promote mindfulness, such as crafting and yoga sessions.

Dee Swinton, Income Generation and Marketing Manager at Dorset Mind, pictured right, said: “As an independent charity, the support of our community is hugely important to us, and for local people’s mental health.

“b4b’s fundraising will help us continue to support adults and young people across Dorset.”


Freehold newsagent and store sold in Swanage

Goadsby Commercial’s Business Transfer team has completed the sale of Jenkins Newsagent and Convenience Store in Swanage.

The long-established business on the High Street has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 11 years.

The busy shop enjoys a loyal following in the community.

The freehold sale also included a large self contained four bedroom maisonette above the shop with double bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and a small outside decking area.

Previously known as H.B. Hibbs in the 1970s the buyers are the grandson and great grandson of the former owner, Mr Hibbs.

Mark Nurse, of Goadsby Commercial, pictured right, said: “We’re pleased to have sold this busy store and maisonette.

“It is rare that such a substantial business property comes to the market and I am in no doubt that the new owners will continue and improve upon the success of this business.”


Creativity of Dorset families wows judges in writing contest

A creative writing competition by Home-Start South East Dorset produced a bumper bundle of inspiring entries.

The charity launched the contest three months ago to encourage local families to share their stories.

Prizes included signed books, book vouchers and hampers.

The shortlisted entries were judged by bestselling children’s author Sarah Lean.

Her latest book – ‘The Good Bear’ – was the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for November.

Each age category had its own writing topic, from favourite outdoor activities to parenting highs and lows and more.

Sarah, pictured left, said: “It was a joy to read through all the entries to the Home-Start writing competition.

“The Key Stage 1 entries were full of fun and really made me smile as they talked about their favourite outdoor activities.

“In Key Stage 2, the theme was ‘If I were a headteacher’ and some of the entries were extremely funny and inventive.

“The Key Stage 3 and parent entries were very moving and self-reflective, with the Key Stage 3 winner demonstrating a very mature grasp of poetry with excellent rhythm and intelligent use of mirror phrasing.”

The winners were:

  • Key Stage 1 Winner: ‘The Paddling Pool’, a wonderful story by Isla Budd
  • Key Stage 1 Runner Up: Benjamin Clarke with his poem about his favourite outdoor activities
  • Key Stage 2 Winner: Shanaya Telang for her ‘If I were Headteacher’ story
  • Key Stage 2 Runner Up: Grace Stratton for her ‘Hectic Headteacher’ story.
  • Key Stage 3 Winner: ‘When will it stop’, an incredible poem by Aoife
  • Key Stage 3 Runner Up: ‘I just don’t get it’, a skilful poem by Katie
  • Parent Winner: ‘My Boy’, a heartwarming poem about how parents feel about watching their child grow up, by Becky Walters
  • Parent Runner Up: An inspiring story about being a parent with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), by Wendy Parrott

Gayleen Hodson, the Founder of Hodson Writing Services, who sponsored the competition, said: “Writing and creativity are so important for children and adults alike, and I am delighted that through this competition, we have inspired local families to share their stories.

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the entries and I hope that the winners can continue their love of stories using the book vouchers they won.”

All the winning stories and poems can be read on the Home-Start website by clicking here.

Caroline Pope, Community & Corporate Engagement Manager at Home-Start South East Dorset, pictured left, said: “The standard of entries we received was fantastic.

“We were all inspired by the creativity of the children and adults in our local area.

“I can’t thank Sarah Lean and Hodson Writing Services enough for getting involved in the competition and supporting our work with families.”