High Sheriff of Dorset shows support for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Michael Dooley FRCOG, the newly declared High Sheriff of Dorset, has visited Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and looks forward to fully supporting the charity during his term in office. He took time out to visit the hospice on his maiden official visit in his new role.

Michael said, “I am thrilled to be able to help Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. It was a real privilege to meet with the Director of Fundraising Tom Goodinge, Day Hospice Clinical Team Manager Debbie Tallick-Wyatt, Director of Finance and Operations Alison Dean and Trustee Timothy Lee,  to understand more about the challenges and opportunities that the charity has faced over recent months.  It was brilliant to hear about the fantastic new services and initiatives that have evolved during the pandemic and to learn that the hospice is doing such amazing work for the patients and families that it supports with life-limiting illnesses in the local communities of East Dorset & Purbeck.

“I’m hoping that my support will help to further raise awareness of Lewis-Manning, encourage additional fundraising and allow me to make introductions for the charity.

“During my term in office I am also looking forward to taking part in the charity’s Jurassic Coast Trek Challenge in October. It’s a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our Dorset coastline and raise funds for a much-needed local cause at the same time.”

CEO Clare Gallie, “To have Michael’s support in his role as Dorset High Sheriff is invaluable. He was introduced to us by the former High Sheriff, Philip Warr, who championed the charity and worked with us during his time in this role in 2019.  Philip was so passionate about continuing his relationship with the hospice that he joined us as a Patron of the charity last year. We very much look forward to hosting events at the hospice for Michael and other guests and volunteers to attend and including him in our vibrant and active hospice community.”

Trustee Timothy Lee added, “We all thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Michael, it was a real pleasure to get to know him and to learn more about his role too.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:

– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Bereavement & family support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.
To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.
Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Registered charity no. 1120193