The local Lewis-Manning Hospice Shop in Ashley Cross was recently re-vamped and given a glamourous new look with the support of the wonderful local community. The project was run by Area Retail Manager Laura Tait who wanted to ensure the shop reflected the fabulous quality of donations it receives from its’ supporters and customers and so set about asking local businesses and the public if they could help. And help they did! Laura said,

“I can’t thank them enough! We had a wealth of volunteers stepping up to donate materials, time and energy. With this incredible support the store was totally transformed!”

“The colours of ocean blue and gold not only reflect the stunning views our hospice patients see of the sun glistening off the sea in Poole harbour, but also create a real sumptuous feel for our customers visiting the store. It’s now an environment where we can really show off the wonderful donations we receive”

“The Ashley Cross branch is our boutique store, often receiving an amazing array of quality clothing, home ware and niche items. Just last week I spotted a Versace dress on the hanger – beautiful! The shop has a fantastic manager and team of volunteers – some who have been with the shop since it launched. Each of the Lewis-Manning Hospice shops has a unique feel, and all profits raised go to directly supporting people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area.”

“Our customers continued support is really important to us, and if you have any items you no longer need or want please bear us in mind for your donations; also please come and say hi! You might want a little browse of what we have to offer or simply to have a look, all are welcome and we’d love to see you”

The shop is always looking for donations on pre-loved items or unwanted gifts, such as clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, games, books, DVDs, CDs, crockery, glassware and bakeware, please do consider donating them to any of our seven hospice shops.

If you are a UK tax payer, please also remember to ask about Gift Aid when donating as this adds 25 per cent to the value of your donations and therefore can have a significant impact on the amount the hospice can raise.

The shop is based opposite Ashley Cross and next to Patisserie Mark Bennett at 31 Church Road, Ashley Cross BH14 8UF. It is open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm but closed on Sundays. Telephone: 01202 731426.

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