A time of remembrance with Waipuna Hospice

Waipuna Hospice volunteers Christine Crawshaw and Denise Vercoe. Photo: Supplied.

Christmas is a time when the loss of loved ones can be strongly felt.

So, the Waipuna Hospice are once again giving the Tauranga community a chance to remember those held dear with their Remembrance Tree Appeal.

The Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Tree Appeal is a time when the community is encouraged to leave a message on a Christmas tree for their loved ones, remembering those who they can’t be with.

In return, a donation is made which goes directly back to helping those in our community facing a life-limiting illness through the work of Waipuna Hospice.

The personal notes are a way for those grieving a loved one or missing someone abroad, leading up to what can often be a challenging festive season, to gain a little comfort while also helping Waipuna Hospice raise crucial funds to help meet a shortfall in operating costs.

"Last year, thanks to our generous community and the ongoing support from Farmers, we raised over $56,0000 in funds,”says Waipuna Hospice CEO Richard Thurlow.

“The money raised from this campaign makes a huge contribution towards meeting our $4.25 million shortfall to keep palliative care freely accessible for our patients, and with so much uncertainty due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our efforts this year are more important than ever.”

He says the impact of COVID-19 on the community, and the country, is immense.

“Many families are going to go through a sense of grief when they are unable to connect with family members this Christmas due to travel restrictions and lockdown requirements. It may be the first time that some families haven’t been together for Christmas, and that will have a greater impact than many realise.

“We want our Remembrance Tree campaign to bring them comfort too, and we encourage our community to not only remember their deceased, but their overseas family too.”

2020 is the seventh year that Farmers staff and customers will join together to raise funds, to keep hospice care free of charge in every community across Aotearoa.

A limited edition Hospice bauble which is now available to purchase for $10 at Farmers Bayfair and The Crossing helps raise those essential funds.

This year’s bauble is Comfort by Hospice, which is inspired by the wrap around care and compassionate support hospice services provide to patients and their whānau.

Remembrance trees will be set up in Farmers stores from the November 19, and community based remembrance tree sites will start from the November 27.

“Please donate generously, and leave a loving message for someone you can’t be with this Christmas. All donations made in the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty community, including the sales of the Christmas Baubles at local Farmers stores, stay in this region and are given directly to Waipuna Hospice.”

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