Hospice News and Events

Make a Wish

June 6, 2014

H 123“Can I come in?” said the Snow Queen’s first guest in a quiet voice. Crouching down, the Snow Queen met the pair of beautiful, telling eyes. “Yes of course – please step into the magical wardrobe. It’s snowing inside. There’s a wishing tree amongst the falling snow; and on this wishing tree are wishing jars. Take a wishing jar, place it around your neck and make a wish. Wishes made in Narnia are extra magical”. The eyes grew bigger and with this, came not a moment to spare. Amongst the Narnia wardrobe’s falling snow, she rushed toward the jars and quickly placed one around her neck. As she stood still, eyes shut, she made her wish. Catching a glimpse of the mothers tears outside the wardrobe door, the Snow Queen realised one of the truest privileges of this day, had just occurred.”

Kim Macfie who played the Snow Queen character


When the Duchess came to Rainbow Place

June 6, 2014

H 408The art room at Rainbow Place is buzzing. The Duchess of Cambridge is minutes away and five children are making boxes from paper mache, which they fill with tiny stones. Rough stones represent tough stuff; smooth, colourful stones stand for cool stuff. Each is a personal story about grief and loss.

Down the hallway, a group of seven teenagers is playing the game “hi pukana” in which they make big eyes like warriors in a haka. This is the first time they have come together as a group but they are not lost for words. They have just completed a piece of art made up of wedges that symbolise what it feels like to be supported by Rainbow Place. Two of the girls have bought new dresses, especially for today; the boys are smart. “This isn’t how we generally build a new group,” says social worker and arts therapist Sheryn Buckley. “But this is an unusual situation.

Click here to read the full story.

Writen by Venetia Sherson


Hospice News Autumn 2014

June 6, 2014

 

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The art room at Rainbow Place is buzzing. The Duchess of Cambridge is minutes away and five children and making boxes from paper mache, which they fill with tiny stones.  Rough stones represent tough stuff; smooth, colourful stones stand for cool stuff. Each is a personal story about grief and loss.  Read More.  


Hospice Awareness Week 2014

May 12, 2014

HOSPICE AWARENESS WEEK: May 11-18

Hospice Awareness Week is runing from 11-18 May and is an opportunity for everyone to step back from the daily grind and think about who and what is important and what living every moment means in a personal sense.

“The purpose of Hospice Awareness Week is to raise awareness of the care and support the 29 hospice services around the country provide, and also to spread the underpinning philosophy of hospice – to live every moment – throughout the community,” says Mary Schumacher, CEO Hospice NZ.

Hospice Waikato is marking 2014 with a major telephone appeal that is during April and May.  Each year we need to raise approximately $2million and the telephone appeal will contribute to that. We also have our Bucket List Banquet on the 22nd May for more details click here.

Hospice employs 70 staff including Social Workers, Bereavement Therapists, Counsellors, Arts Therapists, it employs 29 nurses and uses 550 volunteers to provide these services
The organisation offers its services to the Waikato area with nurses based in all major Waikato regions -From Thames, Coromandel, Franklin in the north to Taupo in the south and coast to coast.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what hospice is, and how Hospice Waikato can help you or a loved one, take a look through our website, or phone 07 859 1260. You can also visit us at the Gallagher Family Hospice on Cobham Drive Hillcrest Hamilton.

“You don’t have to be dying from a life-limiting condition to take the opportunity to review how your life is going, to ask yourself what living every moment means to you,” she says.

Hospice is not just a building; it is a philosophy of care which extends beyond physical needs, encompassing emotional, spiritual and social needs of a person and their family.

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Hospice Waikato embarks on a Major Fundraising Appeal to raise much needed funds

May 5, 2014

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Hospice Waikato is facing a shortfall in funding which is threatening the continuation of its free services.

“There is a shortfall of around $2million that we must raise just to enable Hospice to continue to provide its specialist care for people who are dying or support for families coping with the loss of a loved one due to illness or sudden death“ says CEO Craig Tamblyn.

“All our services are provided free to those in need and we want to keep it that way, the last thing I want to do is to have to cut back our services“ says Craig.

Hospice employs 70 staff including Social Workers, Bereavement Therapists, Counsellors, Arts Therapists, it employs 29 nurses and uses 550 volunteers to provide these services
The organisation offers its services to the Waikato area with nurses based in all major Waikato regions -From Thames, Coromandel, Franklin in the north to Taupo in the south and coast to coast.

“We are actually servicing the largest population base of any Hospice in the country” Craig adds “On top of that we have seen a 33% increase in demand for our services over the last 12 months, that’s had a huge impact on our resources. We need the community’s help to raise these much needed funds. We have decided to enlist the help of professional telemarketing fundraisers to help us with this task. The appeal starts in April and will run for approximately four months. Our community has a fantastic history of support for Hospice Waikato and we hope to see this continue with a successful appeal”.


Our fabulous Hospice Waikato and Montana Catering Bucket List Banquet is back again this year!

April 23, 2014

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Tickets are selling fast for the 22nd May– it is an evening not to be missed and we would love to see you at this iconic event.

 The Bucket List Banquet is Hospice Waikato’s largest fundraising event, your support of this event helps Hospice Waikato continue to provide its extensive range of services to the Waikato region, free of charge.

 Building on the “sell-out” success of last year’s event – guests will enjoy a fabulous four course Chef’s Bucket List dinner, canapés and dinks.  

Our evening this year is hosted by Jeremy Corbett with special appearance by popular funny man Dai Henwood.

 Reservations

It is an evening not to be missed, tickets are limited so reserve yours early. 

  •  Tickets:           $150 each ($1500 table of ten)
  • Contact           Ainsley Day at Hospice Waikato to reserve your tickets now:
  • Phone:             859 1260 or 0800HOSPICE
  • Email:              rsvp@hospicewaikato.org.nz 

Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit to Rainbow Place

March 24, 2014

We are delighted to announce that on the 12th of April, Hospice Waikato’s children and young person’s service, Rainbow Place is receiving a very special visitor – Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will make a special visit to Rainbow Place. To view our Media Kit for Rainbow Place please click here.

 


Summer Newsletter

February 26, 2014

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In April 2013, Adrian Dorward’s specialist advised him to “make the most of the time you have left”. With a new love and a new life in the Waikato countryside, Adrian is doing exactly that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cambridge Hospice Shop is Moving

February 11, 2014

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The Cambridge  Hospice shop is moving to a fantastic new location! Currently located in Duke Street we are making the move just around the corner to number 2 Anzac Street (opposite Challenge Service Station/ next to New World Cambridge). The new shop offers an abundance of space and we will be offering furniture and much more than we previously could in the smaller shop that we occupied. Karen has been working hard with Andy, our Warehouse Manager, Helen our Victoria Street shop manager and all the volunteers to get this exciting new shop up and ready for opening on the 27th February.

 

 


Summer 2013 Newsletter

November 22, 2013

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For Jennifer Doolabh, 26, every single moment of every single day counts. Every moment brings her unborn baby one step closer to safe delivery. Every moment gives her more time with her two other children and her husband. And every moment gives her more time to share the message she wants women to hear: “please, if you suspect breast cancer, get yourself checked”.

 


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