All aboard for a cuppa!

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Gen­er­ous hosts:

Ken and Bente Win­ter are invit­ing peo­ple who host a Hospice Cuppa aboard the Pa­cific Mer­maid.

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