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28.3.12

Vancouver Island News: Nanaimo Port Authority Pledges $50,000 towards new Hospice House


PRESS RELEASE
Nanaimo Port Authority Pledges $50,000
Towards New Hospice House
Nanaimo, BC – March 28, 2012 –Nanaimo Community Hospice has received a major gift of $50,000 to the Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign from the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA). The Port Authority is pledging $50,000 over three years towards a new Hospice House. There is now $700,000 left to raise to meet the $900,000 campaign target.
“The Nanaimo Port Authority is pleased to support Nanaimo Community Hospice campaign for a new home,” said Robert Bennie, Chair, Nanaimo Port Authority “ NCH is an organization that provides support to those in need at a time when it is most needed.”
Demand for Hospice’s services has more than tripled in recent years and Hospice’s present location is bursting at the seams.
“We are thrilled that the Port Authority has chosen to partner with us at this level and encourage other service and corporate groups to do the same.” says Wendy Pratt, Executive Director of Hospice. “Hospice addresses issues that will affect everyone at some point. We want to ensure that we are able to respond when and where we are needed most.”
The proposed site of the new Hospice House on Waddington Road is close to the hospital and was the previous home of the Nanaimo Montessori School. This location is a perfect fit for Hospice with double the space and room to grow.
“The Port is happy to partner with Hospice to invest in a stronger and healthier community,” said Bernie Dumas, President & CEO, Nanaimo Port Authority. “As our City grows, the need for these services grow with it, and Hospice has strategically positioned itself to expand to accommodate the growing need.”
Donating to Expand the Heart of Hospice will allow Hospice to enhance existing services such as their child and youth program, and add new ones such as a palliative day program that would provide support to palliative patients who are being cared for at home, and their family caregivers.
There are many ways to give. Donations can be made by mail, by calling 250-758-8857, online at www.nanaimohospice.com, or in person at Hospice House.
About Nanaimo Community Hospice
Dying, caregiving and grieving are three of life’s greatest challenges that will touch everyone at some point in their lives. Nanaimo Hospice has been serving families facing these challenges for over 30 years and was the first community-based hospice established in Canada. Since inception, Hospice has trained over 1,000 volunteers who have given in excess of 500,000 hours to serve over 30,000 individuals in our community. Their goal is to ensure that the dying experience dignity and peace; their caregivers receive the help they need; and their friends and families are supported in their grief.
Hospice staff and volunteers provide a variety of free services including professional counselling, grief group programs, palliative support at home, in hospital and in care facilities, complementary therapies, a child and youth program, comprehensive library resources, and so much more. www.nanaimohospice.com

For more information please contact:
Erin O’Reilly
313 PR on behalf of Nanaimo Community Hospice
250-713-0489

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