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Vancouver Island; Law Firm donates big toward new Hospice House


Ramsay Lampman Rhodes Donates $10,000 Towards New Hospice House
Nanaimo, BC – April 30, 2012 –Nanaimo Community Hospice has received a significant gift of $10,000 to the Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign from law firm Ramsay Lampman Rhodes (RLR). The firm is pledging $10,000 over three years towards a new Hospice House. There is now $500,000 left to raise to meet the $900,000 campaign target.
“End of life issues can be very challenging for a family to deal with and we recognize that Hospice is a vital and integral part of our community,” said Mike Wassermann, Managing Partner, Ramsay Lampman Rhodes. “We are making this pledge because we have seen many of our clients and their families using Hospice’s services and we want to ensure that these essential programs can expand in the future.”
Demand for Hospice’s services has more than tripled in recent years and Hospice’s present location is bursting at the seams. 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.
As our Expand the Heart of Hospice campaign continues we are indeed grateful to corporate groups such as Ramsay Lampman Rhodes for their support,” said Wendy Pratt, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice. “ We cannot do this without the help of our community and this wonderful donation provides a significant boost to our campaign.
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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