Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole, Dorset, offers free day care to local people with cancer. It aims to give practical physical and emotional support to help improve the quality of the lives of both those who are ill and their relatives and friends. The purpose is to maintain the patients' independence, to relieve pain and other difficult symptoms, to offer therapies - massage and acupuncture; painting and gardening - and to give the patients' carers some time to themselves. It has a lymphoedema treatment centre - to treat patients' swollen limbs, resulting from cancer treatments such as radiotherapy - and also an education centre to train nurses in palliative care. The hospice was founded in 1992 and had over 1,200 attendances in its first year. Its running costs are about pounds 15,000 each month and donations are constantly needed.
Lewis-Manning Hospice, 1 Crichel Mount Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 8LT, telephone 0202 708470.