Record breaking fundraiser for Hospice Tairawhiti base

Celebrate Gisborne fundraiser.

Celebrate Gisborne fundraiser.

Auctioneer Pete McGrannachan and Gisborne-raised entertainer Jackie Clarke help the crowd to part with their money in the Celebrate Gisborne fundraiser for Hospice Tairawhiti held at The Vines, Bushmere Estate last month. Picture supplied

The final amount raised from Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne event has been announced and it’s a record breaker.

At a debrief meeting for the sponsors it was announced that a total of $97,000 was raised from the event — the largest amount ever for Hospice Tairawhiti.

Sponsors were so thrilled with the result that Bronwyn Kay immediately offered another thousand dollars to bring the total to $98,000.

Hospice Tairawhiti funding and public relations co-ordinator Kelly Simpson said they were blown away by the total, which is $25,000 more than last year.

“Community support is what made this such a successful and special event and we are very grateful to all those who contributed.”

The funds raised are being put towards a new building for Hospice, which has outgrown its premises.

Mrs Simpson shares an office with two others, including the counsellor.

“We will build new offices that will have space to offer massage, music and art therapy.”

Hospice general manager Barbara Grout said they had been working to find a suitable site for some time and were very close to signing a lease with the District Health Board.

When this was formalised Hospice would launch a major capital fundraising campaign and ask the community for support.

“Larger premises will enhance all that Hospice Tairawhiti offers to the wider community. This will be very special for us all.” said Mrs Grout.

The final amount raised from Hospice Tairawhiti’s Celebrate Gisborne event has been announced and it’s a record breaker.

At a debrief meeting for the sponsors it was announced that a total of $97,000 was raised from the event — the largest amount ever for Hospice Tairawhiti.

Sponsors were so thrilled with the result that Bronwyn Kay immediately offered another thousand dollars to bring the total to $98,000.

Hospice Tairawhiti funding and public relations co-ordinator Kelly Simpson said they were blown away by the total, which is $25,000 more than last year.

“Community support is what made this such a successful and special event and we are very grateful to all those who contributed.”

The funds raised are being put towards a new building for Hospice, which has outgrown its premises.

Mrs Simpson shares an office with two others, including the counsellor.

“We will build new offices that will have space to offer massage, music and art therapy.”

Hospice general manager Barbara Grout said they had been working to find a suitable site for some time and were very close to signing a lease with the District Health Board.

When this was formalised Hospice would launch a major capital fundraising campaign and ask the community for support.

“Larger premises will enhance all that Hospice Tairawhiti offers to the wider community. This will be very special for us all.” said Mrs Grout.

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