A special celebration

Hospice Kaipara founding members, staff and volunteers. From left: Marlene Calder, Judy Harris, Dale Schick, Mary McLeod, Annette Olsen, Lillian Radich, Jean Finlayson and Joy Bonham

Hospice Kaipara celebrated the 25th anniversary of providing palliative care with a function in the Dargaville Town Hall last Friday.

Celebrations began with Dale Schick, the chair of the hospice board followed by Kaipara Mayor Greg Gent who acknowledged the “wonderful service” provided by volunteers, staff and the community.

Linda Newson of Te Kopuru, whose husband Alan was looked after by Hospice before he died last year, spoke highly of the service she and her family received.

“Alan had a lengthy illness. Hospice was with us for the last eight months. As a family we wanted Alan to die at home. Hospice were just amazing, I just can’t speak highly enough of them.” In 1990 Dargaville district nurse Mary Munn recognised the need for a support group for people living with a terminal illness.

Two years later social worker Marlene Calder and volunteer Jean Finlayson became the founding members Kaipara Palliative Care before it became Hospice Kaipara in 2007.

“The average number of patients looked after by Kaipara Hospice at any one time is 25,” said Annette Olsen, lead clinical nurse.

The support Kaipara Hospice receives from the community means they have been able to purchase equipment and supplies and continue providing the valuable service to the Kaipara community.


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