A Grandfather’s words inspire a family to help others – “My grandad was a very kind man, he always put everybody’s needs before his own. A few days before he passed away,he told me he wanted me to help people and that is what I want to do with my life,” says Simonne Nicholls. Read More.
Hospice News and Events
Hospice Waikato and Rainbow Place warmly invite you and your family/whanau to attend one of our four Annual Remembrance Services. Our Remembrance Services are for everybody, please invite your friends and family to join us as we remember our loved ones, honor them and cherish them.
Sunday 7th September 2014
St James Union Parish Church
Pollen Street Thames
Sunday 14th September 2014
St Paul’s Collegiate School Chapel
Te Awamutu Service
Monday 17th November 2014
Te Awamutu Funeral Services Chapel
Te Kuiti Service
Monday 8th December 2014
V J Williams and Sons’ Chapel
We encourage you to bring photos or anything that is meaningful to place with our candles and flowers as we remember our loved ones.
Refreshments will be served following the Services.
Please phone Hospice Waikato 07 859 1260 if you would like further information.
The History of Hamilton Lake, officially known as Lake Rotoroa, has been compiled into a beautiful 120–page hard cover book. All proceeds are kindly been donated to Hospice by the author Jeff Taylor, who has spent 50 years working and living near Hamilton Lake. After retiring as a pharmacist, Jeff has scoured information from the library, council’s heritage files, the Waikato University and Hamiltonians with stories to share about the lake. The book depicts the history of the lake; how it was formed; fish, bird and plant life; pre-European Maori uses; a time line of major events; Waikato Hospital; iconic homes; sporting uses and a photo gallery from the 1800s to the present day. Jeff has chosen Hospice Waikato as Hospice is a charity close to him wife Robyn, as their daughter Nicola passed away after battling a brain tumour.
Photo: Hamilton News
Our long term supporters at Dilmah tea are currently donating 50 cents from each pack sold in their green tea range to Hospice NZ – so please purchase a specially marked pack and help raise much needed funds. The goal is to sell 40,000 packs of tea – so do try it!
2014 is the seventeenth year that Dilmah tea has been supporting hospices throughout New Zealand donating over 5 million tea bags during that time.
Since 1997 Dilmah has donated all the tea each hospice service in New Zealand could need each and every year. Due to this generous donation, we are able to make the highest quality tea available to people and their families, friends and visitors, staff and volunteers.
The process of making a cup of tea and the comforting conversations that can occur over a hot cup of tea, can be relaxing and therapeutic, no matter the time of day or night.
This year the total number of tea bags donated will reach approximately 5 million – a testament to the commitment the entire Fernando family has to hospice in New Zealand.
Thank you to our friends at Dilmah, your donation has been greatly appreciated over the past decade and a half.
For more information www.dilmah.co.nz
“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
The 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.
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Writen by Venetia Sherson
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.