Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, has selected Poole’s Forest Holme Hospice as its charity of the year for 2016. This is the second time that Haskins has selected the hospice as their chosen charity of the year, with the green-fingered team raising £4622.55 in 2015. The team has set its sights for 2016 by aiming to beat last year’s total. Simon Hallam, centre manager at Haskins’ Garden Centre said: “Forest Holme Hospice is a charity which plays an important role to many people in the local area and we are keen to continue our support throughout the year.”
Hannah Parsons, fundraising manager at Forest Holme Hospice, said: “We really value the support and donations from local businesses. The team at Haskins are a great bunch of people to work with and their contribution will be valuable in helping us to achieve our fundraising goals for year.” Forest Holme Hospice aims to enhance the quality of life for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The charity requires £500,000 in voluntary donations each year to ensure that it can continue to be a centre of excellence for specialist end of life care in Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks.
On Saturday October 13, fundraisers gathered in the grounds of Moyles Court School in the New Forest to take part in a three hour boot camp challenge in aid of Forest Holme Hospice.
Top instructors from Forest Fit Club put participants through their paces in the sunshine, tackling four exercise zones; ‘Sand-Hill Sprints’, ‘Ultimate Endurance’, ‘Outdoor circuits’ and ‘Ab Blast’.
So far the endurance event has raised £571.50 for the Poole hospice, with donations still being received.
Hannah Parson, corporate fundraiser for Forest Holme, said: “We created the ‘Fundraise & Get Forest Fit’ event to offer a unique and inspiring way to fundraise and were delighted with the turn out.
“We want to give a big thank you to the staff at Forest Fit Club, who did an amazing job at motivating each of the teams, and to all our fundraisers for showing so much enthusiasm and for continuing to smile throughout the final 15 minutes of exercise! This is a fantastic total and will go a long way to improving the care of our patients here at Forest Holme. “
MYFoodgenerously donated Power Snacks and AECC Chiropractors were on hand to revive participants with mini treatments throughout the challenge. One lucky fundraiser was awarded an Asics running watch, one month’s free membership to Fitness First Poole and three months membership to Forest Fit Club through the prize draw.
Forest Holme Hospice is getting ready to share The Secret Wardrobe, its new vintage boutique with shoppers on Saturday October 20.
Located on the first floor of the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole, Forest Holme Hospice is inviting the public to view a very special unveiling of the shop – all will be revealed at 11:45am on Saturday.
The Secret Wardrobe will sell pre-loved vintage clothes, art deco jewellery and shabby-chic furniture. All the proceeds from the store will go to the Poole hospice, which cares for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Diane Platt, charity manager at Forest Holme Hospice, says: “We are very excited to be opening the doors of The Secret Wardrobe to shoppers this Saturday. It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication from many people, but we are delighted with the results and are sure the shop will be a hit with fashionistas across the conurbation.
“Come along on Saturday morning to meet the team, browse our collection and share in our little surprise.”
To thank all of its supporters the shop will host an exclusive, invite-only, VIP preview on Friday evening. The shop will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm.
The Big Yellow Self Storage Company on Nuffield Road is still accepting donations of vintage items on behalf of Forest Holme Hospice. Free parking is available for visitors who would like to drop off their donations.
To find out more about the shop visit www.facebook.com/SecretWardrobeBoutique and follow the shop on twitter @secretwardrobe1.
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