Walk the Walk grants £46,000 to charity Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Walk the Walk is thrilled to help Lewis Manning Hospice Care develop its life-changing Lymphoedema Clinic.

We’re delighted to have awarded £46,000 to Dorset charity Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, contributing towards the charity’s Lymphoedema Clinic at the AECC University College in Bournemouth. 

Lymphoedema is a painful side effect of a patient’s cancer treatment, which occurs when the body’s drainage system doesn’t work properly.

There are various treatments and techniques to manage the condition. These include skincare, exercise, compression garments and a type of massage called manual lymphatic drainage.

Walk the Walk’s grant will enable Lewis-Manning Hospice Care to;-

  • Continue to offer its Lympoedema Service Clinic for cancer patients
  • Extend the support it offers from two to three days a week
  • Recruit an additional specialist lymphoedema nurse to join their team

Clare Gallie, CEO of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care said,

“With very generous support from Walk the Walk, we established a new closer to home Lymphoedema clinic at AECC near Bournemouth, which launched in 2022, where we can deliver even more specialist care for people living with secondary Lymphoedema, in east Dorset and west Hampshire.

“Lymphoedema is swelling caused by a build-up of fluid in the body’s tissues. Some people develop lymphoedema after treatment for breast cancer such as surgery or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes under the arm and surrounding area. The swelling commonly affects the arm and can include the hand and fingers. Swelling can also affect the breast, chest, shoulder, or the area on the back behind the armpit. Lymphoedema is a long-term condition, which means that once it has developed it can be controlled but is unlikely to ever go away completely.

“It is amazing that we are able to expand these important Lewis-Manning Hospice Care services. I know the support that our nurses give through these clinics and treatments can be life changing for patients. Huge thanks must be offered to our funders, Walk the Walk, for their continued commitment and great kindness.”

Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk added:-

“I am delighted that Walk the Walk is able to make a further grant to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, allowing its Lymphoedema clinic to expand and help even more cancer patients at a time when they need it most. Lymphoedema can be one of the most painful side effects of cancer treatment and Lewis Manning’s role in providing their “Closer to Home” project in Dorset for patients with this condition is absolutely crucial. We are thrilled to not only having helped them initiate the project, but through its success, continue to help them develop this life-changing service.

Grants like this one to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care are very exciting news for Walk the Walk’s wonderful fundraisers – I cannot thank these fantastic people enough!"

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