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Lifechanging grants awarded to hospices from the NZ Grants Programme

By Jade Hawkins on November 16, 2018

More than $63,000 has been donated to New Zealand hospice services around the country in this round of the Harcourts Foundation funded, Hospice NZ Grants Programme.

The Harcourts Foundation established the unique programme alongside Hospice NZ in July 2017. The primary goal of the Grants Programme is to assist member hospices with funding for key projects that directly benefit the people using hospice services in the local community.

Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says it is extremely pleasing to see the grants awarded to projects that directly benefit patients and families who require support from Hospice.

“It is an honour to continue our work with New Zealand hospices. I have huge admiration for those who make the lives of those who need comfort in their time of need a little bit better.

One grant deserving of special mention is Mary Potter Hospice’s lift chair. The Hospice tries to make baths as special as they can for patients with bubble bath, music and sometimes even a glass of wine. To enable this is something really important.”

Hospice NZ Spokesperson Rachel Turner says, “We’re very grateful to the Harcourts Foundation and to Harcourts teams throughout New Zealand for working with us on this unique programme. These grants will make a real, tangible difference to people using hospice services, and will help ensure Hospice care remains free of charge. It’s a wonderful initiative.”

The Hospice NZ Grants Programme grants for 2018 are:

  • Mary Potter Hospice (Wellington), $15,000 for a lift chair to enable people visiting the inpatient unit to have relaxing and soothing baths
  • Hospice Mid Northland, $5,248 for two beds to provide comfort for people with a life limiting illness who wish to be cared for at home
  • Nelson Tasman Hospice, $10,170 for two adjustable beds to provide comfort for patients visiting the inpatient unit
  • Te Omanga Hospice, Hutt Valley, $4,890 for two syringe drivers to provide people with relief from pain
  • Rotorua Community Hospice, $4,980 for two specialised beds – these are lent to people in their own homes to ensure they are comfortable, and to make it easier for carers and whānau looking after their loved ones at home
  • Hospice Taranaki, $2,584 for a bed to ensure comfort for people receiving care in their own home
  • Otago Community Hospice, $10,000 towards a bladder scanner – an important piece of clinical equipment to help care for patients
  • Hospice Tairawhiti (Gisborne), $2,895 for an adjustable bed to help make it possible for a person to be cared for in their own home
  • Nurse Maude Hospice (Christchurch), $2,737 for a specialist air mattress for the relief of pressure and added comfort
  • Totara Hospice South Auckland, $4,998 for two premier mattresses, providing increased care and comfort for people visiting the inpatient unit

 

In addition to the commencement of the Hospice NZ Grants Programme, many Harcourts franchises around the country will continue to assist their local hospices, both financially and through volunteer work.

Harcourts Foundation ambassador Emma Revell says Harcourts teams from around the country are humbled to be supporting Hospice NZ. “Our Harcourts values are: People First, Doing the Right Thing, Being Courageous; and Fun and Laughter. We believe these align perfectly with Hospice NZ’s philosophy of helping people to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.”