When the DHB withdrew funding from Te Omanga Hospice last year in favour of establishing their own palliative care service, you were one of 3600 local people who rightly voiced their concern.
Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust was established following the well supported petition and community meetings giving the mandate to investigate the feasibility of re-instigating a Wairarapa hospice service. Since then we have become registered as a charitable trust and the board have been actively working and fundraising to achieve this important goal.
I am delighted to advise that we have now purchased “Te Kowhai” at 59 Renall St, Masterton.
We believe this will be an excellent location and a great base for volunteers and the services we will be offering to support the terminally ill and their families throughout the Wairarapa community. “Te Kowhai” will also be available to be used by other groups working with life limiting illnesses.
Significantly we have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the DHB whereby the role of Hospice Wairarapa as a totally independent organisation is to supplement the clinical services run under the Kahukura Palliative Care Service umbrella. We will be providing psycho-social services including volunteers, biographers, library, bereavement counseling etc. We will also be assisting with equipment purchase, maintenance and distribution, and will work alongside other like minded organisations such as the Cancer Society.
A dedicated in-patient facility is not financially viable at this stage, and community nursing remains the responsibility of the DHB, but the clear focus of the Trust is ensuring that appropriate palliative care facilities and services embracing the Hospice philosophy and principles are readily available to all terminally ill.
Whilst many people believe hospice is about a building, in fact it is more about a philosophy of care. Most hospices have inpatient facilities where people go for respite, symptom and pain management or during their last days – but in fact the majority of people are, by choice, cared for in their homes in the community.Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives, to live every moment in whatever way is important to them. In addition to mobilising our team of wonderful volunteers, one of the ways we will be doing this is to establish a weekly programme which will provide activities and respite care.
Our Trustees and Steering Committee have very much appreciated the moral support and encouragement extended by the community. Thanks to the extensive fundraising already undertaken by individuals, and businesses such as Spring Graphics, Logan, Gold Walsh and Farmers, we have a financial base but we are now seeking donations and grants to reduce our mortgage, purchase equipment, and meet operating costs. We aim to have the first elements of the new service up and running in the New Year.
Will you help?
Below is a list of various ways in which you can assist get Hospice services up and running again to serve and support the terminally ill in the Wairarapa, and their families.
Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust
PS: With the passage of time since you originally indicated your support, apologies if we have any of your details incorrect. Please advise us of any corrections.
Helping to Make Every Day Count
How can you help?
If you’d like to become a Friend of the Hospice then the annual subscription is only $5. We’ll keep you informed about our progress and the work we do in the community.
Hospice services are 100% free to the terminally ill and their families so we are very dependant on the time put in by our wonderful volunteers. Some deal direct with patients; others have a support role – e.g. gardening, baking, providing transport, helping with fundraising, distributing equipment. Others are needed for practical work at Te Kowhai.
Because we are not in receipt of any funding from the DHB we are responsible for raising all our overheads as well as purchasing items like the special beds and chairs that help make life easier for those with life threatening diseases. As a registered charity, your donation is tax deductable.
In addition to our major fundraisers like the bi-annual Wine Auction, we will shortly be operating a regular garage sale from the Renall St base. Perhaps you have saleable items to contribute or would like to assist with these events and activities.
If you would like to help in any way please complete the following form and either post to Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust, PO Box 411 or deliver to 59 Renall St, Masterton.
Yes! I would like to help!
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