Hospice auction raises $65,000 for new build

Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne fundraiser the best yet.

Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne fundraiser the best yet.

Huge community support for Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne event on Friday night made it their “biggest and best” fundraiser yet.

Hospice general manager Barbara Grout said $65,000 was raised on the night, with lots of bidding on some hotly contested items. More money was being counted from ticket sales.

All the auction items were donated to the palliative care service Hospice Tairawhiti, and the funds raised will all go towards making the service more visible and accessible to the public.

Mrs Grout said the money was going into their building fund.

It was announced to the 200 guests on Friday night that, after two years of searching, Hospice had finally found the right spot to build.

“We work very closely with hospital services and many of our patients are still having active treatment, so we have chosen to stay on the hospital grounds,” said Mrs Grout.

“Agreement has been reached on the land lease details and we are just waiting for ministry approval.”

The site for the new administrative centre had plenty of space to future-proof the service.

Mrs Grout said there was enough land to extend the services offered to include day programmes, and complementary therapies like art, music and massage.

“There will be an area left for future expansion for in-patient use, if it is needed in the future.”

The event was held at Bushmere Estate, The Vines restaurant, and the $5000 diamond solitaire ring was won by Chris Kaye.

Huge community support for Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne event on Friday night made it their “biggest and best” fundraiser yet.

Hospice general manager Barbara Grout said $65,000 was raised on the night, with lots of bidding on some hotly contested items. More money was being counted from ticket sales.

All the auction items were donated to the palliative care service Hospice Tairawhiti, and the funds raised will all go towards making the service more visible and accessible to the public.

Mrs Grout said the money was going into their building fund.

It was announced to the 200 guests on Friday night that, after two years of searching, Hospice had finally found the right spot to build.

“We work very closely with hospital services and many of our patients are still having active treatment, so we have chosen to stay on the hospital grounds,” said Mrs Grout.

“Agreement has been reached on the land lease details and we are just waiting for ministry approval.”

The site for the new administrative centre had plenty of space to future-proof the service.

Mrs Grout said there was enough land to extend the services offered to include day programmes, and complementary therapies like art, music and massage.

“There will be an area left for future expansion for in-patient use, if it is needed in the future.”

The event was held at Bushmere Estate, The Vines restaurant, and the $5000 diamond solitaire ring was won by Chris Kaye.

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