Hospice fundraiser hit by weather

16:00, Mar 25 2014

Hospice Southland has raised almost $19,000 to go towards its palliative care services.

More than 200 volunteers collected on the streets and in businesses throughout Southland on March 7 for the annual Hospice Southland Street appeal, which raised $18,700.

Hospice Southland promotions officer Renee Goldup said this year proved more challenging than other years because of poor weather and fewer people carrying cash.

The street appeal raised $20,900 last year and $21,600 the year before. It raised $16,000 in 2011.

Hospice Southland receives just over fifty per cent of its funding from the Government, which leaves a shortfall of more than $1.6m each year to continue providing its palliative care services free of charge, Miss Goldup said.

Hospice Southland chief executive Andrew Leys said funds from the street appeal, which also raises awareness, would go towards palliative care services.

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Palliative care is care for people of all ages with a life-limiting illness, to support and help the person live as comfortably and fully as possible.

Some of the services included treating pain, working with families around bereavement and nurses taking care of people in their own homes, Mr Leys said.

Palliative Care patient June Moyles said the care provided by Hospice was "absolutely marvellous".

"You're so well looked after, it's unreal."

Hospice Southland looks after about 120 people at any given time across Southland.

Meanwhile, Hospice Southland will hold another fundraising event next month. The inaugural Craigs Investments Partners Hospice Classic will be held on April 4 at the Invercargill Golf Course in Otatara.

The event is open to anyone wanting to enter a team. Entry is $240 for a team of four and includes a barbecue lunch, drinks on the course and meal after the game.

The Southland Times