2018 Bruce Penin­sula ‘Hike for Hos­pice’ raises $28,000

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED BY CHRISTINA MEREU AND NANCY FORGRAVE

Over­cast and driz­zle didn’t dampen the spir­its of a group of ded­i­cated, lo­cal hos­pice sup­port­ers who came out to Hike for Hos­pice on Sun­day, May 6, rais­ing $28,000.

Over 130 par­tic­i­pants took to the streets and trails in Oliphant, Wiar­ton, Lion’s Head and Tober­mory, in a shared ef­fort to raise aware­ness and funds for Bruce Penin­sula Hos­pice’s (BPH) lo­cal vis­it­ing hos­pice, com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and be­reave­ment ser­vices. The Hike for Hos­pice kicked off Na­tional Hos­pice Pal­lia­tive Care Week, with this year’s theme “Com­pas­sion­ate Com­mu­ni­ties.”

In­di­vid­u­als hiked in mem­ory of loved ones and cel­e­brated their caring and com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­ni­ties. This year’s Bruce Penin­sula Hos­pice hike was in mem­ory of Donna Baker.

Baker’s con­tri­bu­tions to both the Hike for Hos­pice and to the com­mu­nity were re­mem­bered with a dis­play and pho­tographs at each of the four lo­ca­tions. Bruce Penin­sula Hos­pice also re­mem­bered four BPH vol­un­teers who passed away last year: Ber­nice Kristof­fer­son of Tober­mory, Carol Cairns of Mal­lory Beach, Lau­rine Gurr of Oliphant and San­dra Dorsch of Sauble Beach.

Fam­ily mem­bers Dana and Kathryn Carey, of Wiar­ton, ex­pressed heart­felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion at the Wiar­ton hike for the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of BPH and for the com­pas­sion­ate pres­ence pro­vided by the vis­it­ing vol­un­teer.

“It was phe­nom­e­nal to wit­ness the bond be­tween the vis­it­ing vol­un­teer and my mother-in-law, and as a fam­ily, to en­ter into such a trust­ing re­la­tion­ship with our lo­cal hos­pice. We took care of mom at home for a num­ber of months; it was a very try­ing time and they were a to­tal bless­ing,” Dana said at the Wiar­ton hike.

In Lion’s Head, Donna Baker’s daugh­ter, Lau­rel Martin, shared how their mother pre­pared the en­tire fam­ily for her death and Mayor Milt McIver spoke of Baker’s many con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

In Tober­mory, those gath­ered heard from one par­tic­i­pant how the choice of vol­un­teer for a fam­ily’s loved one couldn’t have been more per­fect, with the vol­un­teer and their rel­a­tive talk­ing, laugh­ing to­gether, and los­ing track of time.

Lastly, in Oliphant a par­tic­i­pant ex­pressed how valu­able the be­reave­ment ser­vice had been to them and the com­pas­sion they wit­nessed among the group.

Bruce Penin­sula Hos­pice pro­vided care to 95 peo­ple over the past year.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

“Ma­maw’s Team” in Wiar­ton took part in the Bruce Penin­sula Hos­pice “Hike for Hos­pice” in Wiar­ton on May 6.

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