The cheque is presented to Elizabeth Purcell, CEO of the Lewis Manning Hospice (second from right), by representatives of the five local Rotary clubs (clockwise from left): Roy Salmon (Wimborne), Linda Winter (Swanage & Purbeck), Hazel Hatch (Parley) , Anne Banks (Ferndown) and John Perry (Wareham).

The cheque is presented to Elizabeth Purcell, CEO of the Lewis Manning Hospice (second from right), by representatives of the five local Rotary clubs (clockwise from left): Roy Salmon (Wimborne), Linda Winter (Swanage & Purbeck), Hazel Hatch (Parley) , Anne Banks (Ferndown) and John Perry (Wareham).

The clubs, at Ferndown, Parley, Swanage & Purbeck, Wareham and Wimborne, were tasked to raise £5,000.  The balance – part of the proceeds from the recent disbandment of the Wimborne branch of Dorset Association for the Disabled – was provided through John Slow (president of Wimborne Rotary) in agreement with fellow trustees of the association.

Elizabeth Purcell, CEO of the Lewis-Manning Hospice, said: “The cheque is a fantastic boost for the hospice and for the growing number of patients that rely on us for the help we provide at a particularly distressing time.”

Anne Banks, past president of Ferndown, the lead club, said: “Rotary clubs can only do so much on their own, and so much more when they combine their resources.

“Furnishing and equipping a room at the Lewis-Manning Hospice is a case in point and we are absolutely delighted that we could come together for such a worthwhile cause.”

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