Hospices around New Zealand have benefited from nearly $50,000 in specialised equipment, thanks to the 2022 grants provided by the Harcourts Foundation and its supporting business owners.
The $49,408 in grants, have been distributed to 11 hospices nationwide, covering costs for items ranging from beds and mattresses to syringe drivers and shower commodes.
Alongside extending our commitment to the Hospice Grants Programme for the sixth year, we have increased the grant total from $225,000 to $275,000 thanks to a donation through the Harcourts Foundation for $30,000 and also to Harcourts Blackham and Co. business owner Riley Blackham who made an incredible donation of $20,000 earlier this year.
The 2022 grants have been allocated to:
- Arohanui Hospice, Palmerston North ($5000) for one mobile digital screen.
- Dove Hospice, Auckland, ($5,000) for one body therapy bed and three magnetic glass whiteboards.
- Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane ($5,000) for four pulse oximeters, three overbed poles, three sphygmomanometers, two propelled commode sliding footplate, two mattress overlays and, three heal protectors.
- Hospice Marlborough, Blenheim ($3,492) for two syringe driver lock boxes, two bed extension kits, one mattress overlay and cover and, one shower commode and soft seat.
- Hospice Mid-Canterbury, Ashburton ($4,950.00) for two HP ProBooks.
- Hospice Southland, Invercargill ($3,343.00) for one shower commode.
- Hospice West Auckland, Auckland ($5,188.00) for two syringe drivers and lockboxes.
- Mercy Hospice, Auckland ($2,594.00) for one syringe driver and lockbox.
- Nelson Tasman Hospice, Nelson ($4,951.00) for one transport bed, four bed levers, four bed handset holders, and one weighted stuffed animal.
- Nurse Maude Hospice, Christchurch ($4.890) for two syringe drivers.
- Rotorua Community Hospice, Rotorua ($5,000) for two syringe drivers and lockboxes.
Harcourts NZ Managing Director Bryan Thomson says ‘This year we are delighted to have given the largest sum to date of almost $50,000 to the Hospice Grants Programme. The Harcourts Foundation funding for Hospice NZ has been distributed into communities such as Ashburton, Auckland, Whakatane and Blenheim to Nelson, Christchurch, Rotorua, and Invercargill enabling the amazing work that hospice do, to help people from many regions.
He continues, ‘The Harcourts Foundation has been around for 14 years and since its launch in 2008, it has remained an incredibly important part of our organisation. It allows us to reach into our communities and make a difference to those people who need support.”
Established in 2017, the goal of the programme is to provide hospices with an opportunity to apply for grants to fund key items that directly benefit people using their services. Hospice NZ chief executive Wayne Naylor says:
“Every year, hospices around Aotearoa New Zealand rely on grants and fundraising to purchase much needed equipment to support the care of people with a terminal illness. The continued support of Harcourts makes this just a little bit easier by funding an annual grant programme through Hospice New Zealand. This year, Harcourts has supported eleven hospices with $50,000 to buy critical items such as diagnostic equipment, pain relieving syringe pumps, hospital style beds and chairs. This equipment helps keep people at home with whānau and friends and lets them enjoy life surrounded by the things and people they love.”