Big push now for hospice funding

TIME TO RAISE THE REST: Hauora Tairawhiti chairman David Scott, Hospice Tairawhiti general manager Barbara Grout and Hospice Tairawhiti chairman Barry Atkinson are ready for a big funding push to raise money for a hospice administration and day building. Picture by Paul Rickard

The first sod is about to be turned for the new Hospice Tairawhiti administration and day services building — but there is still a lot of money to be raised.

The new building will be built on Gisborne Hospital grounds, with the land leased from Tairawhiti District Health and requiring approval from the Ministry of Health.

The community has been hugely supportive in helping Hospice Tairawhiti raise part of an estimated $3 million for its new building. General manager Barbara Grout says with the site now formalised, there will be a big push to raise the rest.

“The new building will give our patients and whanau greater choice in how they receive services,” says Mrs Grout.

“We will always continue to visit and support people in their own homes but in future they will also be able to come to us if they feel able or would prefer to.

“We will also have greater flexibility to offer additional services, including day programmes and complementary therapies.”

The proposed site for the new administrative and day services centre has plenty of space to future-proof the service and, while there are no plans to include in-patient beds at this stage, there will be an area left for expansion if needed.

Hospice chairman Barry Atkinson will be overseeing the project, working on design and bringing together the many sub-contractors needed for the job.

The tender process will begin soon and applications for funding will be made.

“I am looking forward to being able to put my skills to use for an organisation I am very passionate about,” he said.

“This will be a great asset for Hospice and the wider Gisborne community.”

The new building will be adjacent to the main carpark at the hospital.

“There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the build and a lot of money to raise, so it is likely to be some time before the foundation work starts. We will all be working hard to raise the necessary $3 million to complete the facility and will be very grateful for any donations from the community.”

Board chairman David Scott said he was pleased to see the project move to the next level.

“This is the end of a long journey for the district health board and Hospice, but it is also just the beginning,” he said.

“This is wonderful. Both parties will gain huge benefits, not the least of which are the Hospice patients. When you have organisations like this working together, the community is the winner.”

Anyone can donate through www.hospicetairawhiti.org.nz or via https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-us-build-a-space-to-meet-the-growing.

The first sod is about to be turned for the new Hospice Tairawhiti administration and day services building — but there is still a lot of money to be raised.

The new building will be built on Gisborne Hospital grounds, with the land leased from Tairawhiti District Health and requiring approval from the Ministry of Health.

The community has been hugely supportive in helping Hospice Tairawhiti raise part of an estimated $3 million for its new building. General manager Barbara Grout says with the site now formalised, there will be a big push to raise the rest.

“The new building will give our patients and whanau greater choice in how they receive services,” says Mrs Grout.

“We will always continue to visit and support people in their own homes but in future they will also be able to come to us if they feel able or would prefer to.

“We will also have greater flexibility to offer additional services, including day programmes and complementary therapies.”

The proposed site for the new administrative and day services centre has plenty of space to future-proof the service and, while there are no plans to include in-patient beds at this stage, there will be an area left for expansion if needed.

Hospice chairman Barry Atkinson will be overseeing the project, working on design and bringing together the many sub-contractors needed for the job.

The tender process will begin soon and applications for funding will be made.

“I am looking forward to being able to put my skills to use for an organisation I am very passionate about,” he said.

“This will be a great asset for Hospice and the wider Gisborne community.”

The new building will be adjacent to the main carpark at the hospital.

“There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the build and a lot of money to raise, so it is likely to be some time before the foundation work starts. We will all be working hard to raise the necessary $3 million to complete the facility and will be very grateful for any donations from the community.”

Board chairman David Scott said he was pleased to see the project move to the next level.

“This is the end of a long journey for the district health board and Hospice, but it is also just the beginning,” he said.

“This is wonderful. Both parties will gain huge benefits, not the least of which are the Hospice patients. When you have organisations like this working together, the community is the winner.”

Anyone can donate through www.hospicetairawhiti.org.nz or via https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-us-build-a-space-to-meet-the-growing.

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