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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

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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 or download it at

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
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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.

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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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Due to recent local events the Dorset Police Crime and Commissioner has teamed up with the Dorset Anti-Slavery Partnership to offer FREE awareness raising training. 

Modern Slavery, child exploitation and human trafficking targets vulnerable members of our community and can lead to criminal activity happening with establishments. 

Hotels and restaurants need to take proactive action to equip themselves with knowledge and understanding to keep their business, staff and customers safe and to prevent and disrupt modern slavery, child exploitation and human trafficking. This training is also relevant to Taxi firms/drivers, clubs and pubs. 

We are running FREE sessions at The Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth for you and your staff. We invite you to send staff members to the training and all participating businesses will be given toolkits to be able to cascade the training throughout your staff. Limited spaces so it is first come, first served! 

Sessions are available on 25th March

To book sessions please email Tina Symington on

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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:

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Cherry Tree Nursery Christmas Fayre Thursday 5th December 2019

We would like to invite you to our Christmas Fayre to be held in our Volunteers Tea Room & Function Room. All funds raised will go towards our Volunteers Christmas fund.

There will be festive refreshments, local produce and craft stalls, Christmas tombola and special offers.  Amongst the craft stalls will be Volunteer made craft gifts, Knitted products, Traidcraft fair trade products, Herbal Harmony, Kesmee Studio, Cosmic Gems, Krafty Kows, Larner Crafts and Cowan Crafts. We also welcome Ma Bolton and her Gluten free pastries and Golden Gate Coffee.    
Our shop will also be open with Cherry Tree Preserves Jams and Chutneys on sale as well as local honey, Dorset Chocolate and Dorset Ginger. 
Whilst this is not a plant sale our range of plants are still on sale with a special range of shrubs available at only £3.25.  
Please remember that the nursery is open to the public for the sale of plants every weekday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays in November 10am to 1pm. In December and January we are closed at weekends.    

We’d like to thank you all for your support and for your donations. People with mental health issues need our support more than ever and with the continued support of the local community we are able to provide the service that we do.

Cherry Tree Nursery

Off New Road Roundabout
Dorset BH10 7DA

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Winners! Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence

Air Ambulance awards

310 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday 12th November at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2018.

Awards hosts Richard Madeley and Angellica Bell handed out 12 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astounding and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies at a ceremony held on the night. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were shortlisted as finalists in two categories; Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year and the Air Ambulance Special Incident Award.

Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year – Critical Care Practitioner, Mark Williams

Mark has worked with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for 19 years and has been with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for nine years. Over the past year, whilst working full time, Mark has successfully completed an MSc in Pre- hospital Critical Care.  He was also accepted and trained as a Pre-hospital Examiner with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and he examined within the Diploma of Immediate Medical Care exam in July 2018.

Mark is not only an outstanding practitioner,but also an incredible ambassador for the Charity. He volunteers his time, attends numerous outreach days and has taken part in the Charity’s 54 mile Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge for the past two years.

Mark’s commitment to patient care, calmness under pressure and extra-ordinary scene management was exemplified earlier this year whilst off duty. Travelling home from a family trip to the coast, he and his wife (also a paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Service) came across a serious road traffic incident; the result being five critically injured patients.

This number of patients is challenging for any clinician, let alone those who are off duty and with no medical equipment to hand. Mark took control of the situation and together the pair made an exceptional team; treating the seriously injured and enlisting help from members of the public both before and after the Emergency Services arrived.

Air Ambulance Special Incident Award – This incident involved a team from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance being tasked to reports of a female trapped underneath a carnival float in Chard. The incident demonstrated the remarkable power of teamwork, meticulous planning, training and experience between all inter-agency services present. It was a true example of a patient having an intact ‘Chain of Survival’, from the initial first aid provided, to their post hospital rehabilitation.

During the Awards, an enthusiastic audience listened to every remarkable story of the shortlisted nominees, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team just missed out on winning the Special Incident Award, however they were overwhelmingly delighted and proud when Mark Williams was announced as Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year.

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “Mark’s contribution to improving care for critically ill and injured patients is substantial and we are thrilled that this has been recognised at a national level.He is a role model for compassionate paramedic practice and is greatly respected within the region. The professional and capable care that he demonstrated on a day where he was off duty, is a wonderful example of the outstanding effect he has on the people around him. The personal confidence and trust that he placed in others is likely to have far-reaching effects, as those involved are far more likely to offer immediate aid in the future because of the faith that he showed in them. Therefore, Mark’s instinctive actions could potentially benefit patients that we never hear of and that is quite a legacy.”

Speaking of his achievement, Mark said: “I feel absolutely privileged to receive this award. It was amazing to be nominated and I didn’t think for one minute that I would win, as there were so many other worthy nominations. To be with my wife and air ambulancecolleagues on the evening made it evermore special. I am completed overwhelmed; it was very emotional and a very proud moment indeed.”

“I am honoured to be part of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. We all do amazing things on a day-to-day basis,but to be recognised in this way is very humbling. I feel very proud and privileged not only for me and my family, but for the Charity as well.”

Further details about the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, together with a full list of all the winners can be found at

More information about the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance can be found by visiting: or by calling: 01823 669604.

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Calendar benefitting Dorset’s cancer sufferers goes on sale

Dorset Cancer Calendar

DORSET Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) has unveiled its first charity calendar featuring photographs by local people.

Around 150 people submitted their snaps for the chance of appearing in Visions of Dorset 2017.

The desk calendar has now gone on sale in time for Christmas, with all proceeds going to help cancer sufferers in the county.

Ann Petrie, from Highcliffe was thrilled to learn her shot Mudeford Harbour Sunset has been chosen as the September entry in the calendar.

She said: “I was over the moon when I heard my picture had been picked. It’s lovely to see your photography in print and even better to know it will be helping to raise money for local people with cancer.

“Several of my friends have been treated for cancer recently and I know what a heavy toll it has taken on them and their families. I’m honoured to be helping Dorset Cancer Care Foundation in this way.”

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation helps people with cancer to meet the cost of everything from transport to and from hospital, to childcare and household bills.

Recent grants have paid for a new pushchair for a child undergoing chemotherapy and a short break for a terminally ill man and his wife.

DCCF has also funded an overnight treatment room at Lewis Manning Hospice in Poole and is helping Wessex Cancer Trust to set up patient support centres in Dorchester and Bournemouth.

The calendar competition was judged by Paul Collins, Head of Visuals at Deep South Media and the former picture editor of the Southern Daily Echo.

He said: “The quality of entries was very high and it was a challenge to choose just 12 and a cover image.

“However, I think the final 13 work well together and depict the changing seasons, as well as the different areas and sights of our beautiful county.”

Chris Thomas, Chairman of DCCF said: “We are so grateful to all the people who sent us their pictures.

“We now hope people will buy the calendars for their friends, workmates and loved ones. They are perfect Christmas gifts and every penny will be used to help cancer sufferers living here in Dorset.”

To order copies of the calendar priced at £7.99 each telephone: 07583 890 879 or email:

The other winning photographs featured in Visions of Dorset are: Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon by Mike Cowley, Spartan Surfers by Emma Grant, Christchurch Priory by Colin Lee, Corfe Castle Spring Sunrise by Richard Felwick, Durdle Door by Annie Cruickshank, Bluebell Woods by Judith Shires, Jurassic Coast by John James, Oilseed rape in bloom by Mandy Cheeseman, Reflections of Poole Quay by Maria Seager, Autumn Mists by Sarah Hobbs, Poppies of remembrance by Rachel Baker and Christmas afternoon walk by Elise Bevers.

For information on how to fundraise for DCCF, to donate to the charity, or for details of how the charity may help you, please visit or telephone 07593 890879.

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