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Published: August 23, 2020 | Updated: August 24, 2020

Read all the latest news from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and how you can get involved

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Welcome to the latest Lewis-Manning Hospice Care News.

It’s our second monthly round-up of all the latest news from your local charity hospice.

We want to let you know how to get involved in our events and the community, volunteering opportunities and introduce you to our talented and wonderful team of staff.

This month, we meet Tom Goodinge, who is our incredible Director of Fundraising, and Chris Palmer, Managing Director of AnyTech Solutions in Poole, one of our formidable volunteers who joined the charity to be a Trustee last year.

Your support would mean so much to local families, so please head over to the Lewis-Manning website to find out more about the free of charge vital services we offer.

Just click here.

August has seen us regularly in the news.

Highlights included:

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is seeking new Trustees

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of local people in East Dorset and Purbeck?

Why not come and join the fantastic Board of Trustees at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care?

Having recently reviewed our Board skills set as part of our continued good governance, we are looking for two Trustees with experience in Online/High Street Retail & Operations/Finance/Business to join our Board. Applicants do not need any prior experience of being a Trustee.

Read more details about these two voluntary roles and how to apply on our website here.

Applications close on September 17, 2020.

We would love to hear from you!

We can’t thank our volunteers enough for their continued support and help.

Each month we turn the spotlight on one particular person who is an integral part of the organisation.

This month we wanted to hear from Chris Palmer, Managing Director of AnyTech Solutions and Trustee at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, which is a voluntary role.

Q: What is your role and task?

A: Offer guidance in relation to IT and technology decisions, safeguard against unnecessary or increased costs and play a role by challenging issues to ensure decisions are thought through and all considerations made.

Q: When and why did you start volunteering?

A: I was put forward last year as the hospice was going through dramatic change which involved a considerable amount of IT. The hospice was desperate for professional advice to enable them to make the changes that were required for their next phase in development.

Q: What’s the best bit of the role?

A: Seeing the end results of your efforts and the care that is delivered. It’s extremely rewarding building something that the sole aim is to provide care in the community. I thoroughly enjoy my time volunteering and they’re a great team to work with.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone thinking of volunteering?

A: Sometimes it may challenge your time but always remember the good you are doing to the quality of someone’s end of life care.

Join us for our ‘Great Dorset Tea Party’ by inviting friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for a virtual or socially distanced tea party, full of drinks, cakes, scones and lots more delicious treats.

Visit our website today to download your e-pack, containing invitations, recipes and games to guarantee you and your guests have lots of fun!

Together, with your incredible help and support, we can continue to provide extraordinary care to people in our community with life-limiting illnesses.

We’re proud of our dedicated and committed team, especially seeing how everyone has dealt with the challenges and adversities that Covid-19 has presented to the charity.

This month we wanted to find out more about our Director of Fundraising, Tom Goodinge, how he ticks, what’s the best advice he’s received and what rules he would like to enforce.

Q: What’s the best thing about your job?

A: Working with an incredible team who provide outstanding care to patients and their families and developing new exciting fundraising initiatives.

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

A: Never compromise your personal values or moral compass.

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

A: I competed in my first Half Iron Man last year for Lewis-Manning (never again!).

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Creative, ambitious and loyal.

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

A: Everyone has to learn how to cook well and hold dinner parties every Saturday night.

Q: Your best place for a holiday is?

A: Costa Rica. The wildlife, people and food are out of this world.

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 You can also donate 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