BOURNEMOUTH Chamber of Trade and Commerce president Mandy Payne has announced the chamber’s three chosen charities for the year ahead.

BHCA, Lewis Manning Hospice and Wessex Cancer Trust will all benefit from chamber-hosted events in 2014.

Mandy Payne, pictured, said: “It is always a hard choice to choose three charities to support for the year as there are so many charities which do phenomenal work.

“This year, I decided to choose three charities which are local and specifically provide a crucial service to local residents. I strongly feel that without these charities, many people would be lost.”

Maria Tidy, of Lewis Manning Hospice, said: “I would like to warmly thank Mandy Payne and Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce for choosing us.

“To be backed by an organisation such as BCTC is a true honour and I am thoroughly grateful for their support.”