Drive Through Donation Stations launched

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Drive Through Donation Stations launched for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity shops
As Lewis- Manning Hospice Care charity shops prepare for reopening, the charity is making an urgent appeal to the public to donate their good quality, preloved clothes and furniture to help raise money for local people with life-limiting illness. Innovative and very practical in the current climate, ‘Drive through Donation Stations’ have been set up at different locations in Poole, on selected dates and times.
Area fundraiser Vicki Gray advised, “At the beginning of lockdown we asked our wonderful supporters to take the opportunity to do a serious spring clean and reorganise at home and the feedback from people was fantastic. We are now able to safely accept their gifts and donations of good quality clothes and furniture. This new ‘Drive Through Donation Station’ initiative will enable us to make sure that our shops are well stocked for reopening and full of items to inspire and entice shoppers back and make sure everyone can bag a bargain at the same time!
“We are delighted to have organised two Drive Through Donations Stations: one at Tower Park, main car park, opposite Pure Gym, which will be open between 10am and 2pm on 13th, 14th and 15th of July.  The second will be at David Lloyd Club car park in Poole and will be open on 16th and 17th July from 10am – 2pm.
“To prioritise safety, supporters and donors will be asked to fill their car boots with items they wish to donate in sealed bags. They will be asked to unload their donations themselves and leave them with us in a designated area. At this time we are only able to accept donations of good quality clothes and furniture.
“This process means that all donations made will be contactless. Each donation will be quarantined for several days, to minimise the risk of virus transfer.”
Lucy and Sophie Maidman from Store and Secure, a family-run business near Castlepoint, Bournemouth, have kindly given our charity complimentary storage space to support this great recycling initiative.
Vicki continued, “We would like to thank everyone in advance for supporting our donation appeal and look forward to all of our shops being open again very soon with some wonderful preloved treasures. This is such a positive and environmentally friendly way to help our charity hospice, which will enable us to support more local people with life-limiting illnesses in the community.”
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