North Shore Hospice is having an open day on October 10th, from 10am to 2pm. The day is going to start with a Powhiri, and Matua Pita Sharples has confirmed he will attend, and we are awaiting confirmation from our local minister of parliament and mayor.
There will be frequent tours of our In-patient unit, which consists of private rooms complete with bathroom, a fully equipped family kitchen and lounge, a very pleasant court-yard, plus a bedroom for family, and a quiet room/chapel.
Representatives from the different hospice teams (In-patient unit, Community Palliative Care Team, Family Support Team, Volunteer Team, Fundraising Team, Kaiawhina/Whanau Liaison, Kitchen/House-keeping Team, Education team) will be on hand to answer any questions, and discuss the work that they do in the hospice building and out in the community.
There will also be a Quilt display following our Quilt challenge, that has been run as a lead up to the open day. Participating quilts will be judged and presented with certificates and prizes…the theme for the quilt challenge has been ‘Oranga Maori’ There will also be harakeke art on display.
Finally, although this event is not a fund-raising event, there is still the possibility that people may want to make a donation, so we will have a trading table available. There will also be refreshments available throughout the day.
The work that hospice does is varied, from nursing care in the community and the in-patient unit, to the loaning of equipment to assist the patient and whanau needs in the home, to counseling, social work, spiritual and cultural support, to patient/carer support from volunteers. Behind the scenes there is the Fundraising Team who has the job of raising about $2,500,000.00 per year so that our service is free to patients, We also have six shops where donated goods are sold to raise funds.. 600 to 800 volunteers who do tasks from transporting patients to day group meetings, to gardening around the hospice grounds, to vacuuming the offices, and manning the Christmas trees in the shopping malls and supermarkets at Christmas time.