Spring Clean for Hospice.
Spring has sprung and for a lot of people that’s time to de-clutter. It’s also time to remember that what one person doesn’t want can be treasure to someone else, especially an organisation like Hospice West Auckland which can sell what you don’t want, to help fund its invaluable services for people with terminal illnesses and their families.
The organisation has launched its “Spring Clean for Hospice” appeal inviting West Aucklanders to donate any unwanted but still useable home wares, electrical goods, furniture, ornaments and quality clothing, to any one of its four Hospice Shops (in New Lynn, Te Atatu Peninsula, Swanson or Helensville). They will be sold with all proceeds going to the work of Hospice.
If you can’t get to a shop or if you have lots to donate or large items, phone 0508 4 Hospice and they’ll come and collect. Visit www.hwa.org.nz for store details and check out HospiceWestAuck on Facebook for some great spring cleaning tips.
Hospice relies on the good will of the public in one form or another, for its ever increasing funding needs. The needs increase because the services are continually increasing. The most recent example has been the addition of the two new specialist palliative care bedrooms at Hospice House in Te Atatu Peninsula.
It’s not that long ago that Hospice West Auckland didn’t have any specialist palliative care facilities at all and for people needing this level of service, the nearest beds were either on the North Shore or on the Hibiscus Coast. Now there are four bedrooms in the Kowhai Suite, with two being opened last year and another two this year.
These facilities each have a bedroom, ensuite, kitchen and sitting room, with furniture like beds and lazy boys to give patients comfortable options while they’re still mobile, and help bring comfort to families and friends.
But of course, extra facilities mean extra equipment and extra specialised nursing staff.
While the majority of Hospice’s clinical and social care services take place in the homes of patients and out-patient clinics, the new beds mean that patients needing extra care for symptom management, respite care and end-of-life care in West Auckland can now receive this care close to home.
Funding relies on donations from West Auckland individuals, businesses and organisations (hence the need for the Spring Clean and Craft Out West among other fundraising events). Hospice West Auckland gratefully thanks to all who have donated to this important project.
Anyone who wishes to assist with the ongoing running costs of the Kowhai Suite is invited to get in touch via www.hwa.org.nz/donation or ph 834 9750.