A helping hand for hospice

South Cariboo Health Foundation gives major funding for program

100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society co-ordinator Tracy Haddow

100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society co-ordinator Tracy Haddow

The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) recently presented a $35,000 cheque to the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society.

SCHF chair Mary Shennum says its relationship with the hospice society is closely tied, since they both support health and hospital patients, but they do have key differences in their functions.

“Their responsibility is largely care of patients and their families and loved ones, so that is their focus.

“They have 20-plus volunteers and they’ll have 30-50 clients they are looking after at any given time. So, they don’t really focus on fundraising.”

Not only does SCHF focus on fundraising, Shennum explains it has been doing “a pretty good job” at this recently, for various reasons.

“Hospice has a really important role in the community, and we think this is a good organization that we want to throw our support behind.”

In this case, the money came out of the SCHF general funding accounts and will be used for whatever the hospice needs, Shennum says, adding hospice has significant education needs and also supplies equipment.

Hospice society secretary Caroline Sharpe says the money will support crucial volunteer training, ongoing education, such as webinars and seminars, and the purchase of important equipment.

“We are exceedingly grateful for this donation because it will go a long way towards fulfilling our services.”