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Published: September 27, 2020 | Updated: September 28, 2020

Read all the latest news from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and how you can help our charity

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Welcome to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care News.

It’s our third 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 Mandy Harris, who is our dedicated Senior Nurse in Hospice Day Care and Carol Burnell, one of our incredible volunteers who joined the charity in 2019.

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.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Shop enjoys rebrand and launch

The Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity shop in Wimborne has reopened following a shop frontage refitting with the hospice’s updated branding.

Shop Manager Jill Holden said, “We were thrilled to finally be opening again after lockdown and delighted that we were proudly doing so with a rebrand to the shop frontage, which includes the charity’s new sunflower logo.

“It has definitely helped us grab attention with shoppers.

“We would urge shoppers to pop by and say hello, we’re really enjoying being back in business in Wimborne.

“We’ve got some fabulous stock too, which was very generously donated following our very successful drive-through ‘Donation Stations’ campaign during the summer.

“On the first day of business we took an incredible £1,784 in just five hours of opening and £3,468 over the week.

“It’s a very promising start and return to business for us.

“We are accepting donations on Wednesdays and are available for house clearances too.

“We also have volunteer opportunities in our shops in Wimborne, Westbourne, Christchurch and Poole.

“If anyone is interested in becoming a part of our retail volunteer team we would urge them to get in touch at”

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 hear from Carol Burnell who has volunteered at the hospice since early 2019.

Name: Carol Burnell

Role & Task: Volunteer Driver and Day Hospice.

Driver: Responsible for transporting patients to and from their homes to the Hospice, ensuring they are safe, happy and ready for the day. This role is vital and acts as a lifeline to those patients who otherwise would be unable to access our services.

Day Hospice volunteer (usually am or pm session): Welcoming patients when they arrive, making drinks and serving refreshments throughout the day. Chatting to patients, joining in with activities, helping the nurses and activities co-ordinator when requested. Clearing away items used when the Day Hospice patients have left.

When and why did you get involved?

I volunteered to join LMHC in January 2019 and after an interview, initial checks and some online tests, I began as a driver in March 2019. I had known for some time that I wanted to do something that would make a difference to older people. I had spent all my working life helping companies to make a profit. and felt it was time to give something back.

My mother-in-law had spent some time in a care home and, during her time there, and while visiting her, I had spent many hours getting to know many of the other residents and staff. I found to my astonishment that I had an affinity with older people and thoroughly enjoyed my visits.

Since that time, I decided that when the time felt right that I would give up my part-time job and volunteer somewhere where I could make that difference. I knew of Lewis-Manning from a couple of friends whose relatives had spent some time there; my sister had also applied for a job several years before (she didn’t get the job, but was really impressed by the obvious care and understanding of the lovely people who interviewed her). Hence, I decided that LMHC was the place for me.

What’s the best bit about the role?

As any LMHC volunteer would tell you, it is the patients. They are amazing. I have never heard one complain about their predicament. They are all so positive and they enjoy every moment they are at the hospice. To see their smile when I greet them as they arrive is worth more than anything in the world.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of volunteering?

Just do it. I can truly say that anyone who volunteers at Lewis-Manning will get so much out of a just few hours spent here. Friends say to me ‘Oh, I couldn’t bear such a sad place’; a sad place it is not! It is one of the happiest places I have ever spent time in. From the moment I walk through the door the atmosphere is one of love and caring and it gives me a real feeling of joy. I never thought for one moment that I could enjoy a volunteering role so much. So as I said ‘Just do it’.

Could you join Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and ‘Go Yellow’ during Hospice Care Week?

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is asking for supporters to ‘Go Yellow’ in October as part of Hospice Care Week, October 5 to 11, to raise money to support their vital work.

Fundraising Director Tom Goodinge said, “We need your help to ensure that Lewis-Manning Hospice Care can keep providing extraordinary care to the people of East Dorset, in order that they don’t suffer with their life-limiting illnesses alone.

“We would love to encourage the public to take part in our ‘Go Yellow’ campaign and make a real difference to people’s lives.

“There are so many different ways you can help.

“Our top three tips would be:

  • Organise a wear yellow to work, school or university day – clothes, nails, wigs or face paints!
  • Hold a yellow bake sale.
  • Have a yellow food & drink dinner party with your family bubble.

“Taking part is easy and we are here to help you every step of the way.”

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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 Senior Nurse Mandy Harris who tells us lots of things that we never knew about her, what’s the best advice she’s received and where she loves to holiday.

Name: Mandy Harris

Role: Senior nurse day hospice Lewis Manning Hospice Care

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

I work with an amazing team of compassionate, dedicated and caring staff. We have the privilege of being able to support and guide people who are facing often the most difficult, challenging times in their lives.

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

Always give the best of yourself in everything you do. Be kind and considerate to colleagues and recognise and respect the value of each team member you work with.

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

I was nominated for Woman of the Year in Worcester following my work at my local hospice which I undertook whilst studying for a teaching qualification and raising six very young children alone (having suddenly been widowed three weeks before my 6th baby was born). I only reached the first round of ‘Woman of the Year’ but this was great recognition of my personal and professional achievements and shows to others, who may be facing difficult times, that we really do have the capacity to find happiness and fulfilment in life again no matter what is thrown at us.

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

Resilient, positive, compassionate.

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

That internet and all technology is stopped for an hour a day so people can appreciate the space and the people around them and have time to just be in the moment without the constant external pressures.

Q: Your best place for a holiday is?

Our holiday house in Cornwall near Praa Sands. It has views across the bay and best of all we have no internet there. It is a place which is a true escape from the busyness of life and where children (and adults) can just be themselves.

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