Hospice fundraising going strong

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Fundraising for the new Otago Community Hospice development in Oamaru is still going strong with another $11,049.59 donated from the proceeds of the Boar ‘n’ Stag Muster.

Money raised from the event in August was donated to the hospice at Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant on Friday morning.

Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green said it’s great to see such support and enthusiasm from the community.

“We are always humbled by the level of support we receive from our community and the outpouring of support from the North Otago community is staggering.”

Boar ‘n’ Stag Muster organiser Craig Gibb said the support of sponsors and the community for the event was more than he ever expected and they now hope to make it an annual tradition.

The Otago Community Hospice provides a package of community-based services to dying patients across Otago, as well as their families, with the aim to keep people in their own environment for as long as possible.

Last year, 55 North Otago residents came on to the hospice programme and only nine of these people required admission to the Otago Community Hospice inpatient unit in Dunedin.

Ms Green said given the high level of care delivered by the team and the modest need for inpatient services, the North Otago Hospice House will not include inpatient beds.

The Otago Community Hospice team works closely with local providers of palliative care in North Otago. This includes the hospital, aged care facilities, GPs and the team of district nurses.

“It is important for people to know that palliative care is delivered by a range of providers. Excellent care, for people who are dying, is provided in the main by their GPs and district nurses,” she said.

The Waitaki Hospice Care Trust also supports the work of palliative care providers in North Otago and this includes the Otago Community Hospice team.

Money from the Boar ‘n’ Stag Muster brings the total raised to $135,000.

Fundraising for the project will continue as initial estimates put the cost of the development at $800,000.

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

HELPING OUT: Otago Community Hospice funding and marketing coordinator Ebony Johnston (far left) being handed the cheque by Boar ‘n’ Stag Muster organisers, from left, Steve Clark, Sally-Ann Donnelly and Craig Gibb.