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Latest news from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care including our exhilarating challenges for 2022

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: January 5, 2022 | Updated: 5th January 2022

Read all the latest news here  from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and sign up for one of our exhilarating challenges in 2022.

This month we have a chat with our Family Support and Bereavement Lead, Jo Sharkey, and our fabulous Trustee, David McDonald.

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 Hospice Care 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.

  • ‘Bags of Kindness’ delivered to hospice patients – The initiative was first launched in 2020 to help combat the loneliness and isolation patients were experiencing in lockdown. Its aim was to brighten their day and put a smile on their face. Read more by clicking here.
  • Lord Lewis scoops 1st prize – Our patients entered a competition to design a scarecrow and were delighted to scoop the top prize! More in our story by clicking 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 David McDonald.

Why did you become a Trustee?

Two reasons:

  • I wanted to give something back to the local community after my lengthy career away from home in the corporate world
  • I saw what Clare [Gallie, CEO] was achieving and wanted to be a part of that journey

How long have you been involved with the charity?

One year.

What’s your career background?

35 years in defence communications for engineering companies, 30 years of which were in leadership roles. Latterly, I was the MD of a company providing lifesaving equipment for our Armed Forces. Now I focus on 1:1 coaching, peer groups, rugby, respite foster care and Lewis-Manning.

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

Many years of experience at Board level of large multinational companies in general management and operational roles. I have a good, broad understanding of what it takes to ensure that businesses are effective in delivering their core mission. I know enough about business finance to support Lewis-Manning’s FD and CEO in delivery of their responsibilities.

What is your favourite thing about being a Trustee?

The great people at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care deliver a much needed and wonderful service. I feel privileged to be a small part of this great mission.

New Year, New you? New challenge?! 

Will the advent of a New Year see you seeking out a new challenge?

We’d love to inspire you to get involved in some of our inspiring and thrill- seeking challenge events which are taking place in 2022.

Find out if you’ve got fire in your soul for fundraising and join us and test your bravery by doing a Fire Walk on Bournemouth beach this September.


How about taking to the skies in July and completing a Wing Walk?

You’d be sure to be viewing the Dorset countryside from a different (albeit scarier) angle!

To sign up or seek out further information, please click here.

We’re proud of our dedicated and committed team.

This month we speak to Jo Sharkey, our Family Support and Bereavement Lead.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Making a difference to people’s lives.

I feel very passionate about supporting families, including children and young people, to enable conversations to take place and not to miss opportunities for goodbyes.

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

It’s not all about the qualifications. This is something I wish more children and young people were told.

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know.

I have been on television, many years ago, on ‘Whatever You Want’ with Gaby Roslin.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Caring, flexible, calm.

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

Having acceptance for each person, to be kind, to care, share, support and love.

Your best place for a holiday is?

Italy. I just love the scenery, warmth of not only the weather, but of the people, the colours, food, wine and leisurely way of life.

 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 click here.

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 [email protected]

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