Mum's last days earn gift
Hospice was amazing; they made everything much betterSONIA BEAL
The support and care that Hospice Marlborough showed a former Blenheim man's mother during her last days has seen him give three pieces of jewellery worth more than $500 to the hospice's Glitz and Glamour Ball being held in Blenheim next weekend.
Designer jewellery business Kagi has donated a necklace, pendant and drop earrings worth $527 from their Birds of Paradise collection, which was showcased at New Zealand Fashion Week in September.
Geoff Neal, whose family farm is in Rapuara, lost his mother Ngaire after an almost 10-year battle with breast cancer.
Mr Neal is the business and life partner of Kagi designer Kat Gee, whose dad Bill Gee also owns a farm, in Seddon.
Donating the jewellery seemed the right thing to do after everything Hospice Marlborough had done to help his mother and the family get through, Mr Neal said.
"The hospice was amazing; they made everything so much better for all of us and we feel very indebted to them," he said.
"It seemed like the perfect fit for so many reasons - our Marlborough connections, what the hospice did for my mother - and it also fits in with the ball's theme."
Hair by Kardos hairdressers Debbie Jensen and Donna Tupautou have organised the Glitz and Glamour ball to fundraise for the hospice.
The Glitz and Glamour ball is being held at The Winery, Riverlands, State Highway 1, from 7.30pm on Saturday, October 13.
Tickets are $85, available from Beyond the Fringe, Hair by Kardos and Thomas's department store (exclusive stockists of Kagi) in Blenheim and Sounds Connection in Picton.
- The Marlborough Express