THE NEWLY declared High Sheriff of Dorset has visited Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and looks forward to fully supporting the charity during his term in office.

Michael Dooley FRCOG took time out to visit the hospice on his maiden official visit in his new role.

During his visit, the new High Sherrif met with staff from the hospice, including the Director of Fundraising Tom Goodinge and Day Hospice Clinical Team Manager Debbie Tallick-Wyatt, to understand more about the challenges and opportunities that the charity has faced over recent months.

Mr Dooley said: “I am thrilled to be able to help Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

“It was brilliant to hear about the fantastic new services and initiatives that have evolved during the pandemic and to learn that the hospice is doing such amazing work for the patients and families that it supports with life-limiting illnesses in the local communities of East Dorset and Purbeck.

“I’m hoping that my support will help to further raise awareness of Lewis-Manning, encourage additional fundraising and allow me to make introductions for the charity.

“During my term in office I am also looking forward to taking part in the charity’s Jurassic Coast Trek Challenge in October. It’s a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our Dorset coastline and raise funds for a much-needed local cause at the same time.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, which was established 29 years ago, provides extraordinary care to patients and their families facing debilitating illnesses across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset.

Michael Dooley was introduced to us by the former High Sheriff, Philip Warr, who championed the charity and worked with us during his time in this role in 2019.

CEO Clare Gallie said: “To have Michael’s support in his role as Dorset High Sheriff is invaluable.

“Philip was so passionate about continuing his relationship with the hospice that he joined us as a Patron of the charity last year.

“We very much look forward to hosting events at the hospice for Michael and other guests and volunteers to attend and including him in our vibrant and active hospice community.”