Judy and Dave Simkins, of Lifecycle Financial, presented bereavement co-ordinator Sarah Smith with a cheque for $1,000 this week which will be going towards the bereavement program.
“We just finished a grief support group for the community. We had 25 people register. I had 17 participate and that is huge. A group usually is around 10 people but the needs are great. I don’t turn people away,” says Smith.
The bereavement groups usually run twice a year but Smith also runs it in Canim Lake sometimes as well as seeing people one on one.
Judy says hospice as a whole is much-needed.
“It does so much for our community. I’ve been in the community since 1968 and so for me the support that’s given to our community is huge. We need that in place. People are going through such terrible times. Hospice has been there for them. To me, there’s no personal aspect of it, it’s just purely that I think it’s an extremely worthwhile program and we need it. We need it in every community,” says Judy.
The people she knows who’s been helped by hospice really appreciate it, she says.
The Simkins have been donating to hospice for numerous years. They couldn’t quite remember the exact number. The $1,000 will be part of $5,000 they’re donating over five years.