Lewis-Manning Hospice Care launches new Mobile Lymphoedema Clinic

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has launched a brand-new Mobile Clinic to support cancer patients with Lymphoedema. The new mobile clinic is part of the hospice’s plan to bring its services closer to people’s homes. Initially the clinic will be open every Thursday from 9am to 5.30pm at Kings Park in Boscombe with plenty of free parking for patients, meaning people do not have to deal with the stress and costs of travelling miles to the hospice.

CEO Clare Gallie said, “We are delighted to launch and trial this new initiative, which is allowing us to provide our extraordinary hospice care, closer to home.  It is critically important we can provide support when people need it – especially right now whilst people are struggling with the added complications that have been imposed by the pandemic.

“This new mobile space is light, warm and has a friendly atmosphere, with the same clinical standards you’d find in our hospice. Our dedicated team of specialist nurses means you will see the same reassuring faces each time, with the benefit of us bringing our services closer to you. We are thrilled to be working with Welsh cancer charity Tenovus Cancer Care, hiring their mobile unit for this service. We are also extremely grateful for the support of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council on this initiative and allowing the unit to be parked for free in the Kings Park car park.”

Anyone wishing to be referred from Bournemouth, Christchurch and the surrounding areas simply needs to be registered with a GP surgery within East Dorset and have been diagnosed with Lymphoedema which has been caused by cancer and/or its treatment. You can be referred to the Lymphoedema Clinic by any health care professional directly linked to your care. Visit lewis-manning.org.uk/lymphoedema-clinic for more information and how to access our amazing service.

www.lewis-manning.org.uk

​Lewis-Manning Hospice Care launch Virtual Day Hospice service to combat loneliness and support patients with life-limiting illnesses

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care have launched their Virtual Day Hospice service thanks to a generous grant from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund.  The brand-new service was introduced in response to the restrictions of COVID-19 and aims to offer patients with life-limiting illnesses a chance to really connect with each other and with the hospice’s clinical nursing team.

Senior Day Hospice Nurse, Mandy Harris said, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect so many aspects of our lives, we have had to temporarily close our Day Hospice to ensure the safety of our patients, while continuing to support them at home. However, launching the Virtual Day Hospice is one of the platforms allowing us to continue to provide expert palliative advice and essential support to adults in East Dorset and Purbeck who are living with a life-limiting illness.

“So many of our patients feel socially isolated at this time, so we aim to provide much-needed social interaction for those people who are shielding at home. The purpose of these sessions is to promote a sense of wellbeing and a positive approach to living with a life limiting illness, as well as to alleviate the feeling of loneliness that patients may be experiencing and giving clinical advice and support.”

The online programme will include a diverse mix of activities, including;
·       Access to a team of experts who specialise in palliative and holistic care
·       An opportunity for a private one-to-one consultation with a member of the nursing team
·       Gentle exercise
·       Mindfulness and relaxation sessions
·       A chance for peer support through socialising, allowing patients to be connected with other people with life-limiting illnesses
·       Fun interactive activities such as quizzes, art and poetry
·       Diversionary therapy
·       Guest speakers

The Virtual Day Hospice will be via group and one-to-one video sessions, with spaces limited to allow maximum benefit for all participants. Sessions will be hosted by our Day Hospice staff with guest speakers and professionals attending during drop-in sessions. Patients will be part of a 10-week programme initially, which is subsequently reviewed to meet patient needs and offer the support required. There will also be drop-in sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, between 2pm-3.30pm.

Mandy added, “We are incredibly fortunate to have received funding for this project and it has allowed us to purchase tablets to ensure that all of our patients will have access to this service. All patients have been issued with a comprehensive tablet IT user guide, with clinical staff and volunteers delivering these to their homes and on hand to guide and support with usage. We want to say a huge thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for making this funding possible.

“Even when restrictions ease and patients are able to come back into the hospice, this service will still continue in order that patients have more choice and can continue to access support in the comfort of their own home.”

Do you know someone with a life limiting illness who would benefit from this unique Closer to Home service? Please contact Lewis-Manning Hospice Care who will be able to help, visit www.lewis-manning.co.uk or call 01202 708470 and ask for our Day Hospice Team.

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
– Better breathing clinic
– Family bereavement & 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

New support for Volunteers at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care with ambitions to grow the volunteering team

Nicola Garsden has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care in the role of Volunteers Manager. She has vast charity and healthcare knowledge and experience, having previously worked in the hospice sector for 13 years.

Nicola said, “I am really looking forward to getting to know all of our amazing volunteers and have ambitions to really support and grow the team.  At Lewis-Manning Hospice Care we are always looking for new recruits and have a huge variety of different roles to fill: retail, day hospice, drivers, administration and complementary therapy. Not only would you be helping the charity and people in your local community, there are many personal benefits from volunteering, ranging from confidence building, to socialising, meeting new friends, gaining new skills and experience, which can be transferable to the workplace.

“We would also love to achieve the ‘Investing in volunteers’ accreditation, which is a UK quality standard for good practise in volunteer management. We really want to make every volunteer that comes to us feel truly valued and part of a brilliant team that’s achieving great things for our local patients.

“I would urge anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to get in contact, you can reach me by email Nicola.Garsden@lewis-manning.org.uk  or call 01202 708470.

CEO Clare Gallie advised, “We are delighted to welcome Nicola.  She joins at a pivotal time in our growth and will be an invaluable member of the team. We have a number of fantastic volunteers who help us to deliver our care and support our office and fundraising initiatives without them we simply would not be able to help the local people that we are here to care for, and with Nicola’s experience and drive I am sure she will bring many more fantastic people on board to help.”

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
– Family bereavement & 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.

www.lewis-manning.org.uk      Registered charity no. 1120193

85-year old Molly Rides to London in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care!

An incredible 85-year old lady, name Molly Tarrant from Poole in Dorset has taken on a cycling challenge, named #MollyRidesTolondon, to raise funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care in Poole.

Molly is a resident at the Bourne View Nursing and Residential Care Home in Poole which is part of the Colten Care Group.

Molly’s challenge is even more incredible as she suffered a severe stroke in 2018 which resulted in the loss of use of both her legs, her right arm and she also sustained major memory loss.

Since moving to Bourne View Care Home in 2019 Molly has been carrying out prescribed exercises every day to rebuild the strength in her legs, regain muscle mass and generally help with her rehabilitation. Molly is still unable to walk, however, she’s been using the cycling machine nearly every day over the last couple of years.

Paul Wookey and Brian Ramsey from the Bourne View Care Home Companionship Team said, “When chatting to Molly we came up with the idea of setting a challenge, just as Captain Sir Tom Moore did, but with a difference, and on a bike!  Molly is aiming to cycle 100 miles, the same distance as Bournemouth to London, and raise money at the same time.

“Molly has started her challenge and we can’t tell you how much admiration we have for her. It’s helping her overcome her fears and the adversity of all that she has suffered, it’s incredible. Molly recently lost a couple of very close friends at the care home, not through COVID, but natural causes. Her mental state of mind has suffered because of this but the cycling challenge has really given her something to focus on. Molly has the most vibrant personality and this challenge is showing her enormous strength of character and we have immense respect for her.”

Molly said, “I’m really proud because I am raising money for other people and helping them. I’m hoping to raise £1,000 and I’ve raised £178 so far. I love the fact that I’m fundraising for such a brilliant charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, which is based just down the road from where I’ve always lived.  I’ve heard about the brilliant work that they do for patients with life limiting illnesses and I wanted to do something myself and give something back.”

“So far I’ve cycled 9 miles and I’m cycling most days, with the occasional rest day. Mostly I cycle for about 10 minutes each day but last Saturday I cycled for 30 minutes. I felt good so just kept going, because I could!”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Chairman Jeremy Allin added, “What a wonderful lady Molly is, with so much grit and determination, very much to be admired. We are extremely grateful for Molly taking on this challenge and raising funds for her local hospice, it’s very much appreciated by everyone.”

To donate to #MollyRidesToLondon, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mollyridestolondon and you will help Molly reach her £1,000 goal, as well as making a real different to local lives who desperately need hospice care.

Born in Poole in 1936, Molly married Frank in her early 20’s at Oakdale Church, Poole. Frank died in 2000. Molly has lived in Oakdale, Poole all her life and in the same house for 40 years. In her working life Molly worked as a delivery driver.

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
- Family bereavement & 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

Specialist Nurse Esmarié Jones joins Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Esmarié Jones has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as a Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, based at the hospice at Longfleet Road in Poole.

She joins with a rich and varied nursing background, having trained and qualified in South Africa and has worked in a variety of roles in London and Dorset.  With a speciality in critical care, she was also a district nurse for many years.

Commenting on her new role, Esmarié said, “I thoroughly enjoy working within my local community and making a real difference to the lives of others, I love people!

“The Lymphoedema Clinic is often the one constant in a patient’s cancer journey. Our patients know that we can provide a safe environment, not only to treat their physical problems but also a listening ear to help with their mental wellbeing, in total confidence.  I am really looking forward to my role at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and supporting our patients across East Dorset and Purbeck.”

Clare Gallie, CEO said, “During the current situation with COVID 19, we are even more aware of the support our Lymphoedema patients need and continue to offer telephone consultations and clinic appointments in a safe and controlled environment. Our patients know we are always there for them and they are at the centre of everything we do. I am very proud of all that we are achieving during these unprecedented times. We are delighted to welcome Esmarié on board, as she brings invaluable experience to her new role and is a great addition to our incredible team of staff.”

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
– Family bereavement & 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
For more information, check out https://lewis-manning.org.uk

Parvalux team gear up with festive fundraising bonanza for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Parvalux Electric Motors is gearing up for a festive fundraising bonanaza in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

The business, a leading global manufacturer of geared motor solutions, has its full workforce of some 200 staff behind the hospice fundraising after staff voted for their preferred charity to support.  The business has 4 sites, with 2 in Bournemouth, 1 in Poole and 1 in Birmingham.

Managing Director Nick Parker said, “Parvalux has been a prominent manufacturing employer in Bournemouth for many years and although this year has been a tough one, our employees have pulled together and worked really hard to make it successful. We’re delighted to be in a position to help raise funds to support a great local charity such as Lewis -Manning Hospice Care, which was selected as our charity by a vote across all our staff. It’s especially important at this time of year and we hope that the new year brings better and happier tidings for everyone in 2021…..”

Finance Controller Liam Davis added, Our team is really passionate about fundraising, and this year we’ve created a whole month of festive fun and games. In week 1, staff guessed the number of chocolate brussel sprouts in a jar. The closest guess won the chocolates.  This week we have a giant teddy bear to guess the name of and win. Week 3 will be to guess the weight of the ham and in week 4 we will hold a Christmas raffle with some fabulous items on offer! Everyone pays a 50p donation to enter, with multiple entries allowed.” 

Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Nicki Cluley advised, “We are so pleased to have the support of the team at Parvalux. We’re really excited about working together in 2021 with lots of different fundraising ideas to pursue.”

If your business is looking to support a local charity in anyway then please look no further than Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. Support can be anything from fundraising initiatives like team treks, to spinathons to volunteering at one of our events. To discuss further with our Fundraising team, call 01202 708470 or email, fundraisingteam@lewis-manning.org.uk.

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 28 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
– Family bereavement & 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

About Parvalux

Parvalux is the UK’s leading manufacturer of fractional horsepower geared motors.  Since 1947 we have been manufacturing geared motor solutions, during this time we have built a tremendous reputation for offering one of the world’s most extensive and reliable ranges of customisable AC and DC geared motor units. With over 20 million motors installed globally, we are proud of our heritage and reputation for high quality.