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Ian’s 22 weeks of lockdown beard growth shave off!

A local Financial Adviser, Ian Futcher has had his lockdown beard shaved off, as part of a fundraising challenge to raise money for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity.

Ian commented, “As barber shops were opening up, I had booked to get my hair trimmed and beard chopped off, when it was suggested that I grow it longer and raise some money for a great cause.

“Over the weeks, it’s grown to the point where people who’ve seen pictures say I look like Tom Hanks in Castaway. And it has been extremely difficult in the recent heatwave but knowing that I would be making a difference to someone else’s life kept me going.”

Now Ian has put 22 weeks of growth to good use and has had his beard shaved off, by Bournemouth based Master barber, Kyran Woolrych, with all money raised going to local charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

Ian said, “My target was £500, however through the generosity of colleagues, family and friends and the support of members of The Purbeck Business and Community Group, amongst others, I was able to exceed my target and raise £734. I am overwhelmed by the generosity that everyone has showed. It’s such a good feeling knowing I’m helping local people living with life-limiting illnesses to continue receiving the care and support they need.”

The Pines Hotel, Swanage kindly hosted the lockdown beard shave off on 18th August.

About Lewis- Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset. Their free hospice care services include:

– Day hospice

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinic

– Better breathing clinic

They promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness. Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is also developing new services all the time and this includes education, and support groups for families and carers.

From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.

Charity Registration No. 1120193

For more information visit https://lewis-manning.co.uk

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Are you going to be part of The Great Dorset Tea Party this August in aid of Lewis- Manning Hospice Care?

We might all be stuck indoors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tea party! Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is urging you, your businesses or organisation to take part in The Great Dorset Tea Party this August, a fun sociable event that will help to raise much needed funds to provide extraordinary hospice care to local people in our community.

Tom Goodinge, Director of Fundraising said, “We would love as many people as possible to sign up and take part in this great initiative. Taking part is easy, simply call or email us and we will send you a free tea party pack with invitations, a poster, recipe cards, including wonderful Dorset apple cake and vanilla cupcakes ideas. There’s also a sweepstake game,
which will allow tea party hosts to help raise funds with their guests and a prize pot for the winning players number.
Tom concluded, “So, why not invite your friends, family and work colleagues to have a socially distanced or virtual cuppa and cake with you this August? We ask people to make sure they stay safe when hosting or attending a Great Dorset Tea Party and that you are following the latest government guidelines accordingly.”

Please register today for your tea party pack, phone 01202 708470, email
fundraisingteam@lewis-manning.org.uk or download it at lewis-manning.co.uk/great-dorset-tea-party.

The charity are excited to see and hear about their incredible supporter’s parties, so make sure you tag your photos with the hashtag #GreatDorsetTeaParty and Lewis-Manning can share on their social media channels for everyone to see. Happy par-teaing!

About Lewis- Manning Hospice Care Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset. Their free hospice care services include:

  • Day hospice
  • Creative arts & wellbeing support
  • Lymphoedema clinic
  • Better breathing clinic
  • They promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness. Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is also developing new services all the time and this includes education, and support groups for families and carers. From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in
    Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.
  • Charity Registration No. 1120193
    https://lewis-manning.co.uk/
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Brand new Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity shop opens in Christchurch!

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s latest charity shop opened its doors for the first time in Christchurch on 28th July. 

The shop is located at 42 – 44 High Street in the town. The store will initially be open from 10-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and accepting donations on Wednesdays.

The retail team has put in place special measures to ensure they can start to trade again, whilst keeping customers, staff and volunteers safe and following the guidance of the Government and Public Health England.

Director of Finance & Operations, Alison Dean said, “We are thrilled to open this new addition to our charity shop chain. Our charity shop income has been hit hard during lockdown, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful generosity of people from our local communities who have continued to think about us, despite their own personal challenges.

“We’ve had some fantastic donations made as households have taken advantage of time during lockdown to spring clean and rearrange at home. We were overwhelmed with the response to our ‘Donation Station’ initiative and received so many amazing donations from people in the local area. We are very excited to be opening the doors to our new shop are looking forward to welcoming shoppers safely into our brand new retail space where they will be able to pick up bargains galore.

“It’s also great to have the shop in Christchurch as we have an incredible team of nurses who help people with cancer, from this area, who are suffering from  Lymphoedema as a result of their treatment.”

Shops in Wimborne, Westbourne and Ashley Cross will remain closed for the time being, but make sure to keep up to date with the hospice’s latest news by following them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and check the charity’s website for updates. 

Numbers of people in the shops will be limited to ensure social distancing can be adhered to correctly, there will be antibacterial gel on hand for shoppers to use and customers must adhere to Government guidelines and wear facial masks when they are inside our shop.

About Lewis- Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset. Their free hospice care services include:

– Day hospice

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinic

– Better breathing clinic

They promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness. Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is also developing new services all the time and this includes education, and support groups for families and carers.

From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.

Charity Registration No. 1120193

http://www.lewis-manning.co.uk

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High Anxiety! Nigel’s Wing Walk for Cherry Tree Nursery

We would like to let you know about our first fundraising event of the year! and it’s a big one!

Nigel, one of our members of staff , is doing a wing walk on Friday 4th September 3pm at Compton Abbas Aerodrome.

Nigel explains why –

Whilst working alongside Volunteers at Cherry Tree Nursery I have gained further insight into the impact that mental health issues present on a day-to-day basis. For some Volunteers living with severe anxiety it is a real challenge just to get out of their front door and get to the nursery, for others meetings and appointments are frightening and they need support and encouragement from staff. They face these challenges each and every day.

We staff work as a team to help and support our Volunteers and most of the time, we find a way forward. Having watched our Volunteers go through this process daily, I have been given a chance to experience this acute anxiety myself by doing a sponsored Wing Walk for Cherry Tree Nursery.

I do not enjoy flying and I am afraid of heights! The thought of being strapped to a biplane and doing a loop quite frankly scares me and sets my heart racing.

I have asked some of our Volunteers how they cope with their anxious feelings and if they can give me advice to help me complete my task? All have shared their coping strategies and many hope to be there on the day to share the experience with me, this has given me strength and helped me to have a deeper understanding of the people I work with.
There is nothing to fear except fear itself,

Please support me by donating – all the money raised will go to help the Volunteers at Cherry Tree Nursery. 


Please see link below..
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1009922&utm_source=extbtn&utm_campaign=donatebtn

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FREE TRAINING FOR CHARITIES from Bournemouth University

BU’s fundraising team has launched a series of free masterclasses to help charities during and post Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on the experiences and expertise of our fundraising staff, the team has already hosted virtual training sessions on resilience and prospect research. Both have been well attended. Upcoming masterclasses will cover topics including data protection, trust fundraising and stewardship.

Data protection for fundraisers – an introduction: Friday 26 June 10am
Join us for a free, online introduction to data protection for fundraisers. This session will give an overview of data protection legislation, how this effects the world of fundraising, and what fundraisers can do to make sure they are protected and comply with the law.
https://dataprotectionforfundraisers.eventbrite.co.uk         

Introduction to stewardship: Friday 10 July  10am 
Join us for this free online masterclass which will provide a comprehensive introduction to donor stewardship. The session will cover why stewardship is important, stewardship methods and tools, what factors can influence stewardship and provide practical tips for starting your own stewardship strategy.
https://introductiontostewardship.eventbrite.co.uk        

Introduction to trust fundraising: Friday 24 July  10am

Join us for this free, online masterclass which will provide an introduction to charitable trusts and trust fundraising. The session will examine different kinds of charitable trust, what funding is available, researching and applying to trusts, and reporting back. We will also provide practical tips on how to maximise your chances of success.         https://introductiontotrustfundraising.eventbrite.co.uk

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Cherry Tree Nursery – Plant Sale and Spring Fayre 21.3.20 Cancelled.

Cherry Tree Nursery are very sorry to announce they have had to take the decision to cancel their Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on 21st March 2020 in view of the current situation. 

This decision was not taken lightly as these events are very popular and vital in raising funds for the charity, but must protect all customers, supporters, beneficiaries and friends.

The beneficiaries already live with severe and enduring mental illness and must do all we can to reduce their anxieties so that we all work together through these difficult times.We are finding great solace in being outside, amongst nature and in the fresh air, which was of course the basis for the charity some thirty years ago. 

Our shop and nursery area will be open as usual, 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Fridays and 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information see https://www.cherrytreenursery.org.uk

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30th Anniversary Spring Plant Sale 21st March 2020

We would like to invite you to our first major fundraising event in our special 30th Anniversary year, our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on Saturday 21st March between 8 am and 3pm. There should be something for everyone!
 
Many plants in 2 litre pots will be on sale at a special price. Lots of other plants are available too – spring bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, herbs, climbers, Fruit bushes and trees and larger specimen plants. There is also a cash only Bargain Bench where most plants are just £2!

We have a raffle with fantastic prizes including a £100 cherry tree plant voucher, £40 Hall and Woodhouse vouchers, Knoll Gardens vouchers and admission tickets and much more. If you can’t make it on the day tickets are available in our shop now.
There is live music throughout the day. We welcome back Rod Bush, the Darwins and Flooded Lane.

We have many stalls, including for the first time stalls where you can purchase some homemade garden planters and an ‘Our Planet Zero Waste’ stall where you can do some plastic free shopping. We also have a fair trade Traidcraft stall and some returning stall favourites.

Our Volunteers have a shop produce stall with Cherry Tree Jams and Preserves, a Knitting stall, a book stall in the function room and plant tombola, where everyone is a winner.

Tea and coffee and delicious homemade cakes are in the tea room as well as Kara’s Supper Club with some Vegan Meze. Outside we will have Gary Onions with burgers and hot dogs.

We are delighted to welcome back community stalls, Dorset Children’s Foundation and Dorset Wildlife Trust.

More information: www.cherrytreenursery.org.uk

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BCTC Board Member appointed Ambassador for Lewis Manning Hospice

Sarah Ali Choudhury, BCTC Executive Board Member, has been appointed as an Ambassador for Lewis Manning Hospice. Sarah, the face behind Insta Curry Queen, is an active member of the business and charity community in Bournemouth.

Sarah says, ” I am honoured and grateful to have been given this position for a charity that is helping so many people and their families.”

We wish Sarah all the best in this new role!

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MYTime Young Carers’ Charity celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day with an activity day for over 100 Dorset school children at RockReef climbing activity attraction on Bournemouth Pier

MYTime Young Carers’ Charity marked the national awareness day with an activity day for Dorset Young Carers at RockReef climbing activity attraction on Bournemouth Pier.

Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and is an opportunity to offer these incredible young people the support, friendship and opportunities they deserve.

Executive Director at MYTime Young Carers’ Krista Cartlidge advised, “We are delighted to have had so much interest in this event with 8 local schools bringing over 100 young carers to enjoy a day of fun activities at RockReef. It’s been a wonderful day, watching the young carers having so much fun and getting the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities was really special”

“There are some extremely concerning statistics regarding the number of young carers registered in the UK.  The 2011 census indicated that there are 166,000 young carers aged 5 – 17 in the UK. However, research carried out by Nottingham University and the BBC estimate the actual number of young carers to be closer to 800,000. They highlight that up to 1 in 12 children having caring responsibilities. MYTime Young Carers are working hard to help identify and support these ‘invisible’ young carers.

“Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their education. On average, a young carer misses 48 school days a year because of their caring responsibility or because of their own poor health as a result of worry or tiredness. This accounts for nearly 25% of their education; which can lead to lower GCSE results, feeling isolated from their friends and less chance to be involved in extra-curricular activities.”  

“Today’s activity day has been financially supported by telecoms-company, 4Com who recently carried out a virtual cycling challenge from Paris to Bournemouth and beyond, raising much needed funds for our charity. We have been thrilled to involve some of the 4Com staff as volunteers today, in order that they can fully appreciate how their sterling fundraising efforts have impacted the charity.

“We’ve also been delighted to have the support of Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants who generously sponsored some MYTime t-shirts, worn by the volunteers supporting today’s young carers.”

An eleven year old carer who attended the event said, “Being a young carer sometimes makes me feel frustrated because everything is on me. It makes me quick to get angry. I thinks that’s why days like today help me to relax.”

Steve Ross, a school based social worker at the Grange School commented, “Today has allowed the children to understand that they are not on their own as carers.  They’ve got to see who else in the school is in a similar situation and know that they can have someone to lean on.  So much fun has been enjoyed today.”

Sarah Hunter, Marketing Manager at RockReef said, “It’s been a real pleasure to host MYTime and the young carers today and we are delighted that it has been such a success.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about MYTime Young Carers’ Charity is urged to contact Krista and her team on E: Krista@mytimecharity.co.uk      www.mytimecharity.co.uk

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