Celebs back appeal to raise funds for hospice care in Purbeck

Well known faces from television, the theatre and the world of football have recorded video messages to promote a Christmas appeal that’s raising money for hospice support and bereavement services across Purbeck and East Dorset.

The charity Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, which has a fundraising shop in Swanage, has signed up to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, which will double every donation received between Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December 2023.

Opening of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care shop in Swanage.
Richard Crease

The Lewis-Manning shop in Station Road in Swanage raises funds for services to help those with life limiting illnesses, including breathlessness clinics, day hospice and hospice at home

One donation, twice the impact

Backing the appeal to encourage more people to donate are actress Emilia Fox, television presenter Fearne Cotton, former football manager Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra Rednapp and AFC Bournemouth’s Jeff Mostyn.

All charities signing up to The Big Give Christmas Challenge will get donations over the seven days match funded, effectively doubling the amount that is received.     

Lewis-Manning is taking part to raise funds to help local people who are struggling to come to terms with a life-limiting diagnosis or cope with a bereavement.

Emilia Fox

Actress Emilia Fox

Fearne Cotton

Television presenter Fearne Cotton

“Wonderful opportunity for the hospice!”

Director of fundraising Tom Goodinge said: 

“We are hugely grateful to Harry, Sandra, Jeff, Emilia and Fearne, for offering their time to produce these videos and supporting this fundraising initiative. 

“All funds raised will support our family support and bereavement service this festive season. If you donate to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care between Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December 2023, your donation will be automatically doubled – a wonderful opportunity for the hospice!”

Jeff Mostyn

AFC Bournemouth’s Jeff Mostyn

Match funding

The match funding for the campaign is provided by high-net-worth individuals, foundations, philanthropists, trusts, statutory bodies, companies and corporations. 

With more than 1,000 charities including Lewis-Manning taking part, The Big Give Christmas Challenge will support a range of causes including food poverty, homelessness and mental health. In 2022, the Christmas campaign raised £28.5 million for 1,021 charities.

Harry and Sandra Rednapp

Patrons of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, Harry and Sandra Rednapp at their kitchen table

Watch the video messages

Further information

  • From Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December 2023 donate to Lewis-Manning and double the amount

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