A DORSET hospice is set to benefit from a year of fundraising at county garden centres.
Stewarts Garden Centres, which has Dorset branches in Christchurch and Broomhill, have announced Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as their charity of the year.
To mark the announcement, hospice staff visited the Christchurch branch and enjoyed a tour.
MD at Stewarts, Martin Stewart, said: “Our decision to make Lewis-Manning our charity of the year in Dorset was an easy decision to make because of the affinity and admiration that we have for the amazing work that they provide to the patients and families that they support.
“We’re looking forward to getting our whole team on board and engaged with fundraising for the charity in as many ways as we can.
“We feel lots of synergy with the hospice, and with sunflowers at the heart of their brand we have plans to launch a sunflower initiative in our Centres to celebrate them and will become a part of their ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign.
“We hope it will inspire and motivate our customers to come on board too.
“Every customer at our till points will have the option to donate 10p to the hospice with their purchase.”
Corporate fundraiser at Lewis-Manning, Nicki Cluley, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working in partnership with Stewarts, they are very well established and highly regarded in the local community.
“There is great synergy between Stewarts the charity and the patients and families we support with life-limiting illnesses across East Dorset and Purbeck.
“We’ve agreed on some fantastic ideas on how we’re going to work together throughout our time as their nominated charity, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity.”