New charity shop to open in Swanage

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is opening a new shop in the centre of Swanage to fund its work helping those with life-limiting illnesses and their families across East Dorset including Purbeck.

The shop, full of preloved items, is to be officially opened at 10 am on Wednesday 13th July 2022 by Swanage Town Deputy Mayor Chris Moreton and everyone’s welcome to come along to the shop in Station Road.

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Lewis-manning shop in Swanage

The new charity shop is in Station Road between Nationwide and The Swanage Bookshop

Revamped and stocked up

The premises at 31 Station Road, in between Nationwide Building Society and The Swanage Bookshop, has been empty for a while since the closure of the household goods shop 4 Moochers.

Now it’s being revamped and stocked with clothing, books and bric-a-brac, promoting sustainable shopping, as well as providing local employment.

Lewis-manning shop in Swanage

Everyone is welcome to come along to the opening and meet the new team

“Environmentally friendly and sustainable”

It’s being run by experienced shop manager and Swanage resident Heidi Stearn, assisted by Kate Gwilliam, who also lives in the town.

Heidi said:

“We’re having a grand opening on Wednesday and everyone is welcome to pop in and have a browse.

“If anyone has any donations to bring with them, that would be great. What we are most in need of are good quality men’s and women’s clothing, bric-a-brac and books – books are always popular!

“The aim is not only to raise money but also to ensure that goods that could just be thrown away are reused – that’s so much more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“But Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a local charity and does deliver a much needed and appreciated service to our community in Swanage, so it’s also good to be able to help support its valuable work.”

Lewis-Manning stall at Rotary Swanage Christmas Market 2021

Other fundraising activities for the charity included a stall at the 2021 Rotary Christmas Market in Swanage

Supports families too

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care not only provides help to those with life limiting illnesses but also supports their families.

Services are provided for free and include day hospice care, a number of clinics and wellbeing activities, as well as bereavement support.

Swanage Hospital

There’s a Lewis Manning breathlessness service at Swanage Hospital

Clinic at Swanage Hospital

A breathlessness clinic has recently been set up at Swanage Hospital to help people with life-limiting respiratory conditions, such as COPD and lung cancer.

The service aims to support them with techniques to reduce breathlessness so that they can manage their symptoms better. This is all made possible by its fundraising activities.

Further information

  • More about the work of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is on its website
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