More than $30,000 in specialised equipment enabling people with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for in comfort at 12 hospices around the country has been distributed as part of an innovative programme funded by the Harcourts Foundation.
The $30,729 in grants – covering costs for items ranging from oxygen concentrators and mattresses to syringe drivers and cushions for wheelchairs – have been taken from funding provided by participating Harcourts business owners nationally and presented to the Hospice NZ Grants Programme.
Harcourts NZ managing director Bryan Thomson says the Harcourts Foundation funding for Hospice NZ has been distributed across the country in Auckland, Marlborough, Tairawhiti, Waikato, Taupo, Whangarei, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington.
(left) Hospice Marlborough community team nurse Juliet checks out some new equipment. (middle) Waipuna Hospice nurse Ntando with a syringe driver. (right) Karl and Matthew from Te Omanga Hospice.
This is in addition to thousands of dollars being distributed every three months by the Foundation to other community groups, schools and initiatives, and represents its largest grant each year.
“The Harcourts Foundation, launched in 2008, is a very important mechanism for our organisation to support, grow and enrich the communities we work within,” Mr Thomson says.
“It’s an extra-special honour to work together with Hospice NZ on their fundraising programme. We have a huge amount of respect for what Hospice achieves in the community, and our entire team supports the benefits that it gives to anyone who needs it.”
(left) Mercy Hospice crew members: Sharon, Becky, Claire and Anna. (top right) Hospice Taupo volunteer Elaine tries out a new recliner mattress. (bottom right) Celebrating the grant are members of both Harcourts and Hospice Whanganui teams: Anna, Ilse, Bree, Kelly, Rob, Kim, Nikki, Sheeja, Pauline and Ngaire.
Hospice NZ acting chief executive Wayne Naylor says the Harcourts Foundation grants are generous and welcome. “It’s gestures such as those from the Harcourts Foundation that give hospices an opportunity to fund such important items that directly benefit the last days of someone’s life.”
The recent grants have been allocated to:
Waipuna Hospice, Tauranga for two syringe drivers and lock boxes;
Franklin Hospice, Auckland for one oxygen concentrator and three nebulisers
Hospice Marlborough, Blenheim for a mattress, five over- bed/wheelchair tables, over-bed table top and 10 urinal bottles;
Hospice Tairawhiti, Gisborne for five pressure redistributing cushions for wheelchairs;
Hospice West Auckland for one syringe driver and a lockbox;
Hospice Whangarei for two hyper airbed mattresses;
Lake Taupo Hospice for specialist portable bed, anti-pressure mattress and two over-bed tables;
Mercy Hospice, Auckland for a syringe driver and lock box;
North Haven Hospice, Whangarei for alternating air mattress;
Rotorua Community Hospice for three repose contur sets;
Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt for two pressure-relieving mattresses;
Totara Hospice, Auckland for a portable oxygen concentrator.