Local actress and television celebrity Debra Stephenson, star of Bad Girls, Coronation Street and The Impressions Show, has become a patron for Lewis Manning Hospice.
Debra, who starred as Jack in Lighthouse’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk last year, has been a big supporter of the charity since she moved to the area a few years ago and has been involved in many of its events including the Ladies Lunch, Summer Fayre, Starlight Stroll, James Bond ‘Skyfall’ charity night and more recently hosted the Stars In Your Eyes night at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown.
Elizabeth Purcell, CEO at Lewis-Manning Hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Debra Stephenson has accepted the invitation from the chairman and Board to become a Patron of Lewis-Manning Hospice. Debra has been such a committed supporter since she moved into the area and we have all been very grateful to her for her time and energy."
Debra said: "I feel honoured to have been asked to become a Patron for Lewis-Manning Hospice. I'm proud to support the wonderful work they do to help local people with life-limiting illnesses. I was so impressed when I first visited the hospice and have been keen to be involved in fundraising events and to be a friend to the hospice in general."
Lewis-Manning Hospice has now begun opening its 15 en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, to offer respite, rehabilitation and end of life care.