Local businesswoman, the late Marjorie Lewis-Manning, left her beautiful house and its grounds to three trustees to continue her wish for a day hospice to be set-up in her home. This became what we now know as Lewis-Manning Hospice.
Marjorie was a local businesswoman and dedicated fundraiser, who led £3 million to be raised for two body scanners in Poole Hospital, which is now named the Lewis-Manning Scanner Suite.
Marjorie had identified a need for a day hospice service in the local area, and it was her wish that her home be used as a Day Hospice for people living with cancer. Marjorie starting making plans for this to happen, but unfortunately became unwell and died in 1987 before she saw her vision become a reality.
However, under the helm of three trustees the Day Hospice opened its doors to the first patients in 1992 and the Lymphoedema Clinic was started. Since then the hospice has expanded its services; there is now a Better Breathing Clinic, physiotherapy, creative arts therapy and bereavement and education services. And at the end of 2016, we opened our 12 bedded End of Life Unit, offering specialist palliative care to our patients at the end of life.
As Marjorie wished there are no charges to patients or their carers for any of the services.