Hospice fund boost delights Arohanui

Arohanui Hospice has welcomed a two-year extension of an extra $15 million of Government funding each year to the nation's hospices.

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew announced yesterday the Boost Hospice Care funding, which started in 2009, would continue for another two years.

"We're delighted,"Arohanui Hospice chief executive Clare Randall said. The funding would help Arohanui provide care and compassion to patients admitted to the hospice inpatient unit and help support their families, she said.

"This year we will need $2.1m from the community," she said.

"We are very, very well supported by the community, we are a community organisation and we are certainly grateful for the support that we get."

Mrs Goodhew said the Boost funding would help hospices cover shortfalls "brought about by a challenging fundraising environment, increasing demand for services and rising costs".

Hospices are partly funded through district health boards, with additional funding sourced from community fundraising.

The Boost Hospice Care funding increased the proportion of average hospice funding provided by the Government from 50 per cent to 70 per cent.

Meanwhile, Arohanui Hospice has been selected as a recipient of Anchor Growing Communities.

Under the scheme, when a shopper buys Anchor milk at New World stores in Palmerston North and Feilding they are given a green token, to place in a box at the checkout. The more tokens shoppers give to the hospice, the bigger the donation the hospice gets.

Manawatu Standard