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Best Friends Take on Kilimanjaro for Charity

Two best friends from Poole will be climbing new heights by taking on the world’s second tallest mountain Kilimanjaro next February to raise over £8,000 for charities close to their hearts.

Jenny Pearce, 32, is climbing the 5,895m mountain in aid of Dorset’s disability charity Diverse Abilities and Melissa Scott, 32, is trekking to the summit for The Big Issue Foundation.

The pair are climbing the Lemosho route over seven days and due to reach the summit on February 2017.

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Diverse Abilities Receive £6,400 for New Sensory Room

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is delighted to have received a grant of £6,400 from John Lewis towards its Lilypad Appeal, which will transform its respite home for children with complex disabilities, and their families.

The donation of £6,400 will help fund a new sensory room for the respite home. The sensory room will help meet children’s sensory needs and will provide multiple benefits to their health.


Employee Satisfaction Rises at Diverse Abilities

Local Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities, recently undertook its employee satisfaction survey across its 400 plus staff and is delighted to report that 85 per cent of employees think it is a great place to work and are satisfied with their job. Over the past four years the satisfaction rating has improved and increased by five per cent.

The survey findings also highlighted that those employed at Diverse Abilities feel valued and receive fantastic support from their managers; the training offered is outstanding compared to other organisations and a large proportion of people said they would recommend Diverse Abilities as a place to work.


The Local Charity That Changes Lives

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, has been supporting Ian Downton, now age 50, since he was three years old. Without the provision of the charity and its support workers Ian would not have the fulfilled life that he does now.

Ian was born with water on the brain and a blockage in his main artery from the heart to the brain. He underwent surgery but also developed meningitis, leaving him even weaker. He then had a seizure at three years old causing a blockage in the same artery.

Ian was unable to attend mainstream school and therefore started at the charity’s school, Langside, when he was three and they assisted him to walk and provided speech therapy. The school was his first step to help him have a fulfilled life.


Macmillan White Christmas Dip Success

Daring local charity fundraisers are celebrating a landmark £100,000 raised in total for Macmillan Caring Locally through the annual ‘Macmillan White Christmas Dip’.

Encouraging people to brave icy seas on Christmas Day, the Macmillan White Christmas Dip has now succeeded in raising a total of £100,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally since the fundraising event's conception in 2008. The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital provides specialist palliative care for cancer patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire. Last December over 750 people gathered to take part in the annual fundraising event.

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Cancer Hotel Offers Welcome Retreat

The Grove Hotel, for patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, is supporting those with Ovarian and Prostate Cancer throughout March and beyond.

This March and throughout 2016, The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth will be supporting those with Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. The not-for-profit hotel, run by Macmillan Caring Locally, is passionate about supporting people in the local community, providing a welcomed holiday retreat for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. As part of their support, they want to make more people aware of Prostate and Ovarian Cancer, so they are able to recognise symptoms, get early diagnosis and ultimately overcome the diseases.


Bowie tribute to raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally

Macmillan Caring Locally and The Regent Centre will pay tribute to David Bowie with an exclusive charity showing of the late icon’s 1986 cult-classic film.

Macmillan Caring Locally has partnered with The Regent Centre to organise a special screening of the cult-classic fantasy film, Labyrinth, on the 28th of March in tribute to the legendary David Bowie who died of cancer in January. The one-time screening will also raise important funds for Macmillan Carling Locally, which offers specialist palliative care to patients with advanced, progressive or incurable illnesses such as cancer.


Singer to Raise Awareness About Impact of Child Sexual Abuse

For decades, even talking about child sexual abuse has been a taboo topic. It is now becoming more acceptable to speak openly, perhaps a reflection of the need to do so in light of high profile public cases. There have been a number of media stories recently, where people have shared their stories in the hope that other will do so too. Now, rising Dorset star and talented singer-songwriter Stacey Leighann has taken a novel approach to raising awareness. Her new single ‘House of Cards’ draws on her own experience of being sexually abused as a child. Stacey is managed by Dorset agent and producer Amelia McCloskey, who runs AM Studios in Bournemouth.


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Highcliff Marriott Hotel Supports Hotel for Cancer Patients

The Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel has selected The Grove, a unique hotel in Bournemouth exclusively for cancer patients and those with life-limiting illnesses, as its local partner charity for 2016.

Bournemouth’s premier four-star hotel, the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, has announced that it will be partnering with the unique Grove Hotel from January 2016. Situated on Bournemouth’s East Cliff and run by the local Dorset charity Macmillan Caring Locally, The Grove is the only hotel of its kind in the UK to exclusively cater for those with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.


Macmillan ‘Christmas Dip’ Making Waves

It’s the 8th year of the extremely popular ‘White Christmas Dip’ in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally, the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch hospital and so far they have raised an outstanding £65,000! The money raised goes towards the Specialist Palliative Care unit at the hospital.  With the events continued success the charity are looking to raise over £100,000 in coming years!


Diamond Time at Diverse Abilities 60th Anniversary

25 November 2015

Diverse Abilities celebrated its 60th anniversary in true style this month at its first ever gala ball, held at Poole Lighthouse, raising over £60,000 for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset, and their families.  The Diamond Gala Ball was a spectacular event with over 400 people attending. Adults and families the charity supports, Diverse Abilities staff, sponsors, other members of the local community and sports personalities, Anya Kay the charity’s ambassador and football pundit Graham Souness, had a memorable time from the moment they walked in on the red carpet until carriages arrived at 1am.





A supportive hand is always welcome to the local charity (recently registered) which was founded by Claire Matthews. Although she works full time Claire's and her team of volunteers endeavour to ensure food, warmth and companionship is offered to the homeless of Bournemouth.

Through the generosity of Joannah Bishop the owner of Hot Radio 102.8 FM and the online magazines .. her immediate agreement to give Hope For Food a space both on air and online the aim is to spread awareness of what is needed to help.


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