As the population grows, so does the demand for palliative care. The new $4 million building is designed to meet the community’s needs well into the future.
General manager Kathryn Ashworth says more than 90 ‘incredibly generous’ families, individuals and groups have already given or pledged nearly $3 million.
The building is due to be completed by December 2016. The consent has been granted, and the hospice is in the process of getting building consent and appointing a contractor, with construction due to start before the end of this year.
The weekly garage sale, together with the hospice shops in Warkworth and Wellsford, is a key fundraiser for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, which needs to raise about $700,000 a year to top up its health board funding.
Mrs Ashworth says the money raised in the community enables the hospice to offer all its support services free of charge to patients and families living with a progressive, life-threatening illness.
“Our fundraising also pays for extra services such as counselling, complimentary therapies and having a palliative care nurse on call 24/7, which means families can call us any time, day or night, if they are worried about something.”
The fundraising campaign launch for the last million is being launched with a fashion show in the Mahurangi East Community Centre on Saturday, August 1 from 7pm. Guests will be treated to live music, top-notch wines and finger-food created by the stars of hospice’s catering team, and fabulous fashions from Katya Maker Boutique.
In the spirit of the campaign, Katya will donate half of all clothing sales on the night to the project. Katya has also arranged some bonus entertainment from Segway New Zealand, who will have two Segway personal transporters for guests to try at the event. One guest will win a Segway Challenge to liven up their next party or corporate event.
Tickets to the fashion show are $30 and are available from Katya Maker Boutique in Elizabeth Street, Warkworth, and Hospice House on the corner of Woodcocks Road and Morrison Drive.
Info: Phone 09 425 9535 or visit warkworthwellsfordhospice.co.nz