Fundraising begins for community hospice
For 28 years Maitland’s Volunteers for Palliative Care have been supporting families through end-of-life journeys and on Saturday they will embark on a new chapter.
The not-for-profit will group will hold it’s first fundraiser to create a community hospice, after announcing plans for the service in May.
At present the volunteers support more than 50 families each year, attending homes and hospitals to provide assistance and companionship, as well as transporting clients to appointments.
“We’ve identified needs over these 28 years, and we’ve seen that a hospice is what we need,” coordinator Judith Robinson said.
As well as cutting down travel times for families (at the moment the city’s nearest hospice is located at the Calvary Mater hospital in Newcastle), a facility in Maitland would take pressure off existing services.
Under their vision, Maitland’s hospice would include self-contained areas for families to stay, a sensory garden and reflection area, in order to make the facility as homely and as connected to the community as possible, however the group plans to start small to ensure that the space and service is delivered properly.
“We all believe in compassionate care at their end of their life and that’s what we want to provide,” Ms Robinson said.
“Volunteers for Palliative Care is not about people dying – we’re about supporting people who are living, and who have dreams and hopes and wishes to be fulfilled.”
The fundraiser will be held at 4pm on Saturday, October 13 in space donated by the Hunter Artisan Gallery and Café in East Maitland. For more information visit Volunteers for Palliative Care Inc on Facebook or call 4936 6582.