Two special beds enabling people with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for at home has been donated to Hospice Mid-Northland as part of an innovative programme funded by the Harcourts Foundation.
Established in 2017, the Hospice NZ Grants Programme has seen more than $114,000 donated to hospices across the country to date. The goal of the programme is to provide hospices with an opportunity to apply for grants to fund key items that directly benefit people using their services.
Belinda Watkins, General Manager of Hospice Mid-Northland, says being able to provide portable electric beds to people in their own homes makes a huge difference to people using hospice services and those caring for them. “Hospice Mid-Northland is a community based hospice in Kerikeri, servicing the Mid North area, providing care to a large and geographically isolated region. These beds are often the vital piece of equipment for people who wish to be cared for at home. They provide comfort for the person who may be spending considerable time in bed, and they also make it easier for carers. We’re tremendously grateful to the Harcourts Foundation for supporting our work in this way”.
For Tom Rutherford, owner of Harcourts Bay of Islands, the importance of what Hospice stands for and provides is what is so special. “Hospice provides the respect and care for those on their final journey, and importantly the support to those losing a loved one”. The partnership between Harcourts and Hospice is one the whole team is very proud to support and we are pleased our contribution is going to make a difference.
Left to right: Tom Rutherford; Belinda Watkins, General Manager of Mid Northland Hospice; Robi Quilter; Adele Woodward, Fundraising and Awareness Manager mid Northland Hospice; Jay Prestt; Briar Corbett.