Phoenix aims to rise again for hospice

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

For 30 years the Phoenix Club of New Zealand has raised funds for the pal­lia­tive care of can­cer pa­tients in hos­pi­tals and hos­pices through­out Auck­land.

But now it’s in des­per­ate need of new vol­un­teers after its mem­ber­ship dwin­dled from 50 to just 12.

The group has do­nated wheel­chairs, mat­tresses, lazy­boy chairs and other fur­ni­ture for new hospice rooms and items for the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion build­ing.

Phoenix has also do­nated med­i­cal equip­ment, mor­phine pumps, ther­mome­ters, safety alarms, pulse mon­i­tors, mas­sage ta­bles and blood pres­sure units to hos­pices in the Auck­land area.

Hospice North Shore, Hospice West Auck­land, Dove House in Re­muera, Star­ship, Kidz First and Mercy Hospice have all been re­cip­i­ents of pal­lia­tive care equip­ment from Phoenix over the years.

Another of the group’s ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties has been to print the Ra­di­a­tion Book­let given to ev­ery pa­tient in the Auck­land area un­der­go­ing ra­di­a­tion. The book­let has been reprinted ev­ery three years at a cost of around $5000.

The group meets ev­ery two months to dis­cuss the fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and de­cide on its next re­cip­i­ent.

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