The charity, which offers free palliative nursing care to hundreds of local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, raised over £10,000 over the course of the year at the popular local attraction, beating their 2010 total.
Richard and Connie Knott, who run Luscombe Valley Railway, nominated to support Lewis-Manning in 2013, having done so previously three years ago, and opened up their meticulously assembled railway collection, set in the grounds of their home in Brudenell Avenue, to the public over four weekends.
The final event last weekend was the festive ‘Humbug Run’ which included a visit from Father Christmas and carols from the Verwood Concert Ensemble.
Maria Tidy, Fundraising Manager at Lewis-Manning said, “We are thrilled to have beaten our previous record and it is a fantastic way to end the year. 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for the hospice with the in-patient unit opening, so this money will really benefit the growing number of patients that rely on us for the free care we provide.”