A Whangarei charity which offers palliative care services for Northlanders with life-limiting illnesses is set to benefit from fundraising efforts in the local community.
Local supporters of the charity hope to raise in excess of $20,000 to allow the North Haven Hospice to continue to care for those in need and their families.
The fundraising efforts have been boosted with the donation of a cruise package from a local travel agency.
The four night luxury cruise culminates in a visit to the Tremains Art Deco Festival Weekend in Napier.
This popular event sees tens of thousands visit Napier for a taste of history from the 20’s and 30’s where attendees wear period clothing, drive vintage cars and embody the Gatsby era.
House of Travel Whangarei owner-operator Stephen Gillingham has donated the tour prize which will be raffled as part of the 2015 Hospice House Tour in November. Ticket holders will be able to visit some of Whangarei’s most inspiring and interesting homes.
Gillingham says funds raised during the tour are used to buy essential items, including a van to deliver health care equipment to patients in the community, a staff car, and the reinvigoration of the rose garden area in the hospice grounds.
Staff from the travel outlet will also be volunteering their time to help sell raffle tickets for the bi-annual event, he says.
“We have proudly supported North Haven Hospice for 10 years, with all of our team getting involved in street appeals, Hospice Awareness week, Hospice breakfasts, and Christmas trees of remembrance.
“We also assist North Haven in showing their appreciation to the selfless people who volunteer there, with our team offering up their time to serve food and drinks at a Christmas function every December,” he says.
Gillingham says the opportunity to help is a great way to be able to “pay it forward” and show its support for the local community and tireless work of hospice staff.
“North Haven Hospice is a fantastic organisation, which is about so much more than being just a place where terminally ill people go at the end of their life,” says Gillingham.
“It is an organisation which really embraces life, and most of the services hospice provides to families are actually done as outside support within family homes in our community.”