All aboard for a cuppa!
IF SOCIALISING on a luxury launch sounds like your cup of tea then Mercy Hospice is providing the opportunity.
For the hospice’s annual appeal it is asking people to Host a Hospice Cuppa and people that do are being invited on board the 105-ft ship Pacific Mermaid for a special treat.
To hold a Hospice Cuppa event people can ask guests to join them for a tea party-style gathering, bringing with them a donation that goes to the hospice.
There is a free Hospice Cuppa pack to help people throw their cuppa event – the pack includes tea, coffee, recipes, invitations and a donation box.
The Mercy Hospice is hoping 100 supporters will sign up to host a cuppa this month.
People who hold an event will be invited to join a Hospice Cuppa Celebration on board the mahogany-lined Pacific Mermaid for a choice of morning tea, afternoon tea or evening cocktails.
The ship will be moored at Orakei Marina during the day’s events.
Pacific Mermaid was built 17 years ago by Ken and Bente Winter who say donating the ship as a venue is one way they can help ‘‘a fantastic charity’’. Mrs Winter says last year when her sister-in-law was terminally ill the hospice provided ‘‘tremendous’’ care to make her and the family comfortable.
‘‘It’s a time when you need that kind of support that the hospice gives,’’ she says.
Mercy Hospice is aiming to raise $200,000 to help cover the annual costs involved with running a 13-bed In-Patient Unit facility.
Mercy Hospice spokeswoman Rebecca McCaughan says it receives partial funding for medical costs but needs to raise about $2.8 million a year to meet the shortfall for the other services it provides.
Mercy Hospice Appeal Week runs May 13 to 19.
There are limited places for the Hospice Cuppa Celebrations on board the Pacific Mermaid on May 16. To be eligible, register to host a cuppa by May 7.
Ken and Bente Winter are inviting people who host a Hospice Cuppa aboard the Pacific Mermaid.