‘CLOSER TO RE­AL­ITY’

Fundraiser helps to one day build new hospice res­i­dence

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Cape Bre­ton Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety raises money to open new res­i­dence.

For the past 30 years the Cape Bre­ton Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety has dreamed of open­ing a new res­i­dence for pa­tients, and that dream is get­ting closer to re­al­ity.

The so­ci­ety has been rais­ing money to make the dream come to life for the past num­ber of years and their ef­forts con­tin­ued on the week­end with the sec­ond an­nual Sun­flower Trea­sures Pop-up Shop on the Es­planade in Syd­ney.

All money raised from the fundraiser are go­ing to­ward help­ing the so­ci­ety build a new 10-bed hospice res­i­dence.

“Right now we are just rais­ing money and when the time comes the plan can be fully ex­panded and fully de­vel­oped and th­ese funds will be avail­able to con­trib­ute to that,” said Ch­eryl Read, chair of the project com­mit­tee for the pop-up shop.

The three-day fundraiser started Fri­day and wrapped up Sun­day af­ter­noon with close to 60 vol­un­teers help­ing through­out the week­end.

The shop fea­tured a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent items in­clud­ing vin­tage jew­elry and col­lectibles as well as a wide se­lec­tion of china, pot­tery, dé­cor, home and cot­tage items, art­work, books and more, fill­ing the 7,000-square-foot build­ing, which was do­nated for the event by Bob and Dorothy Martinello.

“Every last item at the shop was do­nated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” said Read. “We had an ad­ver­tis­ing out and a call to the com­mu­nity and for six days for the last two weeks peo­ple have come down and handed in all kinds of stuff, ev­ery­thing but cloth­ing.

“We have had con­tri­bu­tions of

fam­ily col­lecta­bles of great value and some very hum­ble things too, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween — we have seen amaz­ing sup­port from our com­mu­nity,” she said.

The event was first held last year in Syd­ney. Last year’s fundraiser raised $13,000, with that money also go­ing to­wards the new res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity. Al­though to­tals for this year’s fundraiser were not known at press time, the so­ci­ety ex­pects they have ex­ceeded last year’s to­tal.

Mem­ber­tou has pro­vided the so­ci­ety land for the fa­cil­ity ad­ja­cent to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, while the BCA Group will build the build­ing. The so­ci­ety’s part is to raise money to fur­nish and fully equip the fa­cil­ity, which is ex­pected to cost ap­prox­i­mately $1 million.

A hospice res­i­dence pro­vides pa­tients and their fam­i­lies endof-life care in a home­like, non­in­sti­tu­tional set­ting through a team ap­proach that can in­clude vol­un­teers, so­cial work­ers and spir­i­tual care providers in ad­di­tional to highly trained and em­pa­thetic med­i­cal and nurs­ing staff.

The em­pha­sis is on adding mean­ing­ful life to the re­main­ing days for pa­tients and their loved ones.

Irene Khattar, vice-chair of the hospice so­ci­ety, said the fundraiser also marks the start of Na­tional Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care Week, which runs May 7-13 across Canada.

“Our work is on­go­ing year­round, every week of the year,” said Khattar. “It’s im­por­tant to keep the aware­ness in the com­mu­nity.

Hospice pal­lia­tive care is not some­thing that ev­ery­body un­der­stands, very of­ten it’s known as a re­sult of a per­sonal fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The process of build­ing a new fa­cil­ity is cur­rently on­go­ing.

“The hospice res­i­dence is cer­tainly closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity for us,” she said. “We are in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the de­part­ment of health and the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia and we are en­cour­aged by the ad­vances we are mak­ing.”

To learn more about the Cape Bre­ton Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety, visit www.hos­pice­cape­bre­ton.org.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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