AN estate agent has assisted a charity as it expands its network of shops.

Goadsby’s Retail Department helped Lewis-Manning Hospice Care double its number of shops in recent years, opening stores in Swanage, Poole, Winton and Ringwood.

Further openings are in the pipeline with Goadsby manager Edd Watts working alongside the charity.

He has worked closely with Lewis-Manning’s retail director, Su Newcombe, to identify key locations for the charity’s expansion in the region.

This has been done either through Goadsby’s existing landlord portfolio or by sourcing premises through his contacts in the property sector.

Edd said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Su and the team at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care over the last couple of years.

“With our local knowledge and connections within the property market, I hope we have been able to secure sites that will be strategically beneficial to the success of Lewis-Manning’s fundraising for the foreseeable future.”

Su said: “We developed our retail strategy to cement the retail position by acquiring new shops so we can reach more people, grow the profile of the charity and our retail presence within the Dorset communities in which we serve.

“Edd at Goadsby has become integral to our acquisitions team, helping us to grow the chain to nine shops, with plans to open another four shops over the next two years. We are extremely grateful to Edd for all of his property expertise and commitment to the charity.”

Su added that donations to the charity shops this Christmas can help the charity to carry out its vital work.

She said: “If you are planning to declutter this Christmas, you can donate your preloved things to us at one of your local shops and help to provide extraordinary hospice care in your community.”

Lewis-Manning aims to provide exceptional care and support for people with a life-limiting illness, their carers and loved ones.

To find out more about the charity, ways to get involved and to find locations of the shops, visit the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care website.