Lewis-Manning launches ‘Candles in the Community’ Events 

Categories: Care and Community Engagement.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be reflecting, celebrating and remembering loved ones at their ‘Candles in the Community’ events launching this Autumn.

Event Organiser Hannah Garrett shared, “We were overwhelmed by the response from our local communities at last years’ Candles on the Lake and Candles on the Beach events, and in response to public demand, we are thrilled to launch a new location for this year – Candles on the Green in Wimborne.

  • Candles on the Lake – The Kitchen, Poole Park, Saturday 7th October
  • Candles on the Beach – Swanage Seafront, Saturday 21st October
  • Candles on the Green – Wimborne Minster, Saturday 18th November

“These will be unique, memorable and meaningful events where families and friends can come together to reflect, celebrate and remember loved ones. Whilst the events are emotional, the overriding feeling of community spirit always outweighs any sadness. The occasions provide real energy of hope and togetherness.

Local choirs and The Salvation Army will perform at each event and include a short reflective reading, whilst creating a magical display of lights.

The ‘Candles in the Community’ events are free to attend. Supporters are encouraged to make an online donation for a candle(s) prior to the event at www.lewis-manning.org.uk/candles, alternatively candles will be available on the night. If you would like to add a personal dedication to your candle, facilities to write your own message will be available.

Donations will be used to fund our Bereavement and Family Support as well as other vital services across our community, allowing us to give invaluable support to patients and their families from diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, through to end of life and bereavement. If three people donated it could cover the cost of a one-hour telephone call or visit, providing support to a grieving family.

All events are sponsored by Care South. With special thanks to Rockley Water Sports, Harbour Bay Crystal Clear Media, LED House and Reformed Plastics and Douch Family Funeral Directors, for kindly supporting our ‘Candles in the Community’ events.

All the candles are made from recyclable materials and will be safely placed on the sand, lake and green, so as not to affect wildlife or cause damage in the area. All the flameless candles are collected at the end of the evenings by dedicated volunteers to ensure there is no litter and will also be reused for subsequent years.

To find out more about the ‘Candles in the Community’ events visit https://lewis-manning.org.uk/candles/


About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity providing extraordinary care to patients and their loved ones facing a life-limiting illness across East Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Purbeck and west Hampshire. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home and at home. These include:

– Hospice at Home

– Day hospices, virtual and in person

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinics

– Breathlessness clinics

– Bereavement & family support

– Complementary therapy

– Education

Every year we support around 600 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area. This year we need your help to raise £3.4m to continue providing our important services in your community. Without these funds we could not exist.

Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

“When we are born, we are wrapped up in a blanket and put in the safe hands of someone who will love and support us for the rest of our lives.  What Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has done for me, now I am reaching the end of my life, is wrap me up in a big warm blanket, support and care for me and my family at the end of my life journey and for that I will be forever, eternally grateful.” LMHC patient feedback 


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