Big hearted Lewes pharmacy staff boost children’s hospice


St Annes Pharmacy staff in Lewes put a smile on children’s faces when they handed over £500 to a Sussex hospice on Monday.

The team donated the money after winning a national competition which saw them carry out more than 50 blood pressure tests on locals as part of an awareness campaign.

The campaign, supported by the All About Health programme, has seen the pharmacy offering free blood pressure checks in a bid to highlight the importance of getting checked regularly.

Karen Smillie, pharmacist at St Annes, said: “We’re pleased that so many people have taken advantage of the free service. Not enough people are aware of what reading their blood pressure should be or that monitoring their blood pressure on a regular basis is vital to help identify possible health problems.”

Hundreds of pharmacies took part in the campaign, and were encouraged to test at least 50 patients to then be entered into a prize draw.

And St Annes was one of only two pharmacies in the country to win £500 for their chosen charity or project – and the team was eager to help the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex.

Karen added: “We’re keen to support our community and we often hold fundraising events for local causes. To celebrate we wanted to give something back to a cause that’s close to our hearts.”