As their Poole HQ refurb was underway, the lockdown was announced. But colleagues and connections of the Lewis-Manning Hospice weren’t going to let that get in the way…
Completion of the new headquarters for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care on Longfleet Road in Poole has been put on hold due to the temporary lockdown. But the business community, both local and from further afield, had a couple of ideas to help speed things along all the same. And it all started with a LinkedIn post from the hospice’s CEO.
Clare Gallie appealed to her colleagues and connections for support via the social network, which attracted the attention of Hannah Nardini at WKspace. This Worcestershire-based company specialises in corporate interior design, counting brands such as The Body Shop and Marie Curie among its clients.
“As a business, we have always supported charities and not-for-profit organisations,” Hannah explained. “Over the last few years, many have had their funding cut or removed by the government, which drives the need for community support.
“Often the largest charities, with the loudest voices, are the main ones that the public notice and support. But it’s vital to support the charities who offer dedicated personalised care, such as Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. We played a very small role and used the power of our LinkedIn contacts to tap into our workplace network.”
Who Else Got Involved?
After seeing Clare’s post, Hannah re-posted to her own connections. This, in turn, caught the eye of a former colleague. Namely, Gary Helm, the founder of Obo in London.
“Gary was one of the first to come forward,” Hannah continued. “One of his customers had asked him to clear a recently-vacated building. To dispose of its furniture in an ethical manner. And that proved a perfect fit.”
“A lot of clients move offices and sometimes good things get left behind,” Gary elaborated. “Therefore, this has worked to the advantage of both the hospice and my customer. While furnishing a new headquarters building, they wished to dispose of items that they no longer needed.”
And the evidence speaks for itself. Through the support gained from the LinkedIn post, Lewis-Manning received a variety of office furniture. This included a sofa, desks, double-door storage cabinets, plus 30 office chairs and a meeting room table, among other things.
Other companies and suppliers that Clare wished to thank include Saxby Lighting, responsible for donating £6,000 worth of lighting. In addition, Karndean Designflooring provided premium vinyl flooring for several rooms at the hospice, while Howdens in Poole saw to a new staff kitchen.
About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care
Lewis-Manning continues to operate from their current HQ in Lilliput, Poole, until the Longfleet Road building can be completed. Among their many aims are to increase well-being on physical and social levels for people in the area with life-limiting illnesses. Additionally, they count the reduction of isolation and loneliness and alleviating pressure on family and carers on their mission statement.
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