Local Border Force officers contacted Lewis-Manning Hospice Care about goods seized with an estimated value of around £2,000, which may be sold in the charity’s shops or used as raffle prizes for fundraising events.
Vicki Gray, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s corporate fundraiser, said, “This is a really valuable boost for our spring fundraising because of the wide range of goods which we may sell or put up as terrific raffle prizes. We have several big events coming up, so timing couldn’t have been better.
“The team at Border Force also surprised us with a donation cheque of £500 which was raised from tuck shop sales.”
Paul Trayler, who has worked for Border Force in Dorset for over 25 years said, “In line with Home Office guidelines, these items may be donated to charitable organisations for use in their fundraising, and all are genuine and in new condition. We have donated several boxes to other non-profit organisations and wanted to ensure Lewis-Manning Hospice Care was one of them. After chatting to Vicki over the phone her passion for the charity came across so much we wanted to do something a little extra, which is why we surprised them with the £500 donation. We’re so glad our chocolate eating habits are able to help provide hospice care to people in our community.”
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care exists to help the people of Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase 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.
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