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92 year old daredevil to officially re-open Forest Holme Hospice

By mbarber  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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Ada Newman after her skydive

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Forest Holme Hospice in Poole is to be officially re-opened by a truly remarkable member of the local community next Wednesday 23rd April at 4pm, following a £1m complete refurbishment.

The work has been jointly funded by Forest Holme Hospice Charity and Help the Hospices through their charitable donations.

The re-opening coincides with St George’s Day, and will be carried out by 92 year old Mrs Ada Newman, who displayed the kind of bravery that our dragon-slaying patron Saint would be proud of: Daredevil Ada took part in a sponsored parachute jump for Forest Holme Hospice Charity just weeks before her 90th birthday.

Ada, of Homedene House, Seldown Road, is a staunch supporter of Forest Holme Hospice: her charity jump raised thousands of pounds for them. As Ada’s late husband Len was a beneficiary of the wonderful care provided by the staff at Forest Holme, it seems fitting that the honour of re-opening the Hospice should be bestowed upon her.

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Charity Manager, Anne Currie said: “Ada has been a wonderful supporter of the work of Forest Holme Hospice over the years and it seemed fitting that this very special person should re-open the Hospice on behalf of all the patients, families and friends who have been cared for by the team here in the past, present and future.”

Forest Holme Hospice, part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, now provides a single base for integrated palliative care services including specialist inpatient beds, outpatient clinic, specialist and generalist community outreach services, the hospital palliative care team , counselling services for the Dorset Cancer Centre and a lymphoedema clinic for the Poole sector.

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