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Published: July 14, 2022 | Updated: July 15, 2022

Gallery: Sustainable and fashionable retailing comes to Swanage as hospice opens new shop

Sir Christoper Lees, Trustee of the Talbot Village Trust, officially opens the new Lewis-Manning Hospice Care shop in Swanage with Clare Gallie, CEO, and Cllr Chris Moreton, Deputy Mayor of Swanage. Picture: Richard Crease.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A hospice charity has opened a new shop in Swanage with the claim that ‘sustainable shopping just got more fashionable’.

Sir Christopher Lees, Trustee of the Talbot Village Trust, officially cut the ribbon for Lewis Manning Hospice Care’s retail unit in Station Road.

The Trust generously gave £20,000 to the charity which allowed it to secure, and refurbish, the premises.

Susan Newcombe, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s Director of Retail, said: “We are so excited to be opening in Swanage, in the heart of the community that we deliver our services to in Purbeck.

“The shop is boutique style, with a focus on fashionable clothing and accessories for ladies and gentlemen, with the occasional designer item included too.

“We’re really hoping to stand out in terms of our offering and be bright, vibrant and offer some wonderfully unique and stylish items for sale.

“It’s the perfect place to come and find something to treat yourself to, but also a wonderful spot to have a browse through our quirky ‘bric-a-brac’ home section and perhaps find that interesting gift for a loved one.

“There will also be a small collection of books.

“We look forward to welcoming Swanage shoppers over the coming weeks and would urge for donations to be made too.

“Every bag that is donated is worth about £30.

“We are keen to turn preloved items by you into re-loved items by us: trousers into treatment, bric-a-brac into better breathing, dresses into day hospice…

“Lewis-Manning are enjoying a surge in charity shopping as there is so much more awareness around sustainability nowadays.

“We are seeing a lot more people actively seeking out ways to shop sustainably, which is fantastic for the environment and our fundraising, so that we can keep providing extraordinary care to people who really need it.

“We have received £20,000 of funding from the Talbot Village Trust, whose generosity has enabled us to secure our brilliant new, central premises and allow us to fully refurbish them.

“We are looking forward to showing off our contemporary and stylish new design.”

Sir Christopher said: “Lewis-Manning is a wonderful charity and we are very lucky to have it here in Dorset to bring palliative care to people in their homes, it’s something that I wish that I’d had for my parents.

“Swanage is a very community focused area and the shop is a fantastic addition to the town.”

Cllr Chris Moreton, Deputy Mayor of Swanage, added: “Having the shop here is a great opportunity for people to donate goods and to attract volunteers.

“The shop is an expression of care in the local community for its people.”

Lewis-Manning has thanked Karndean Flooring and Saxby Lighting for providing the flooring and lighting free of charge.

Susan said: “Their support towards the charity has been huge and incredibly generous and it’s thanks to them that the shop looks super stylish.

“Other thanks go to Bradlea Builders, Plumblink, Morplan and Talis Surveying who have all shown amazing generosity to the hospice and supporting our shop refurbishment.”

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Gallery – all pictures by Richard Crease.

Sir Christoper Lees with Clare Gallie, CEO, and Cllr Chris Moreton, Deputy Mayor of Swanage.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Trustees Tim Lee, Jeremy Allin and Jeremy Lune.

Nicola Garsden (right), Volunteer Manager, with volunteers and staff.

Heidi Stearn, Shop Manager, and Katie Gwilliam, Deputy Shop Manager.

Yewande Akinlade; Jeremy Allin, Chair of Trustees; Nicola Garsden, Volunteer Manager.

Emma Baker-Towler, Kristin Warren, Claire Warren.

Louise Hopley, Vicki Gray, Hayley Bonner.

Jeremy Lune and Debbie Tallick-Wyatt.

Rodney and Jill Hartle, Susan Newcombe, Edd Watts of Goadsby.

Yewande Akinlade, Jo Foster, Nicky Charrett, Hayley Bonner, Debbie Tallick-Wyatt and Louise Hopley.

Tom Goodinge, Biddy Hardy and Jasmine Kowalewski.

Clare Gallie, CEO, and Sir Christopher Lees, Trustee, Talbot Village Trust.

Swanage Town Crier Andrew Fleming.

Drivers Geoff and Will.