Barker sows rays of sunshine for local hospice

5 May 2021

Barker Dry Cleaning and Laundry is supporting Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign by sowing the seeds of philanthropy among its customer base.

Barker Dry Cleaning and Laundry has purchased 3,000 seed packets to join in the hospice’s ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign and is giving them to the business’s private laundry customers and selling them in the four retail shops.

Matthew Barker, managing director of Barker, the largest domestic laundry in the UK and a leading specialists drycleaner said: “When I heard about the ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ initiative I felt it was a great opportunity to give a little gift to my customers while helping my local hospice. This amazing charity has recently helped the family of a member of our staff, and this is an opportunity to say thank you, while spreading the word so others can be helped.

“We will also be helping the Lewis- Manning Hospice Care ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign to raise money by selling seed packets in our drycleaning shops in Sherborne, Bournemouth, Ashley Cross in Poole and Ferndown.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, committed to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. The charity offers a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Nicki Cluley, pictured with Matthew Baker, added: “We are thrilled to have the support of Barker. Their ge(nerosity is wonderful and will make a huge difference to the lives of the patients that we are supporting.

“In these uncertain times, there is one thing we can always be sure of, which is Lewis-Manning nurses will go above and beyond to care for families across East Dorset and Purbeck. They bring sunshine into patients lives during some of the most difficult times they will ever face. The ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign is all about bringing families and communities together to grow giant sunflowers this summer! We want to fill the gardens of Dorset and those of Barker customers with their bold, bright and summery faces as a huge thank you to all of our nurses, supporters and community who ensure we can keep providing much-needed hospice care.”

Barker is a high-quality fabric care and manufacturing business specialising in the improvement of established markets, from laundry to shirt making. Fully traceable, ethically grown and woven cotton is used to manufacture its quality bed linen range and Barker is also the global leader in the supply of starched dress wear to the legal profession and the film, TV and theatre industries. Barker’s heritage dates back to 1861.



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