Christ­mas fundraiser sets record

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

A record amount was raised by the fourth Aro­hanui Hospice Trees of Re­mem­brance fundraiser in Manawatu¯ and Horowhenua at Christ­mas.

Aro­hanui Hospice head Clare Ran­dall said the amount from the com­mem­o­ra­tive trees set up in Farm­ers depart­ment stores in Palmer­ston North and Levin reached more than $34,000 and would go to­wards meet­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s $2.67 mil­lion an­nual short­fall.

The short­fall is up from $2.5m at the same time last year. Hospice di­rec­tor of strat­egy and op­er­a­tions Louise Cur­tis said it re­flected cost in­creases year on year, as well as an ex­pan­sion of hospice ser­vices.

‘‘We had 1000 pa­tients dur­ing the last fi­nan­cial year, the most we’ve had, and the in­creased short­fall is re­flected in that. We also opened a new clinic in Levin last year and while that has extra as­so­ci­ated costs, it is the best thing for our re­gion,’’ Cur­tis said.

While Horowhenua com­prised 15 per cent of the area Aro­hanui served, she said the dis­trict with its older pop­u­la­tion, pro­vided a third of its pa­tients.

The Trees of Re­mem­brance set up in Farm­ers stores dur­ing the weeks lead­ing up to Christ­mas, pro­vided the chance for fam­i­lies to tag the trees with the names of those they held dear, while mak- ing a do­na­tion to hospice.

Hospice spokesman Ar­ran Steven­son said the pre­vi­ous best Trees of Re­mem­brance to­tal was $32,344 raised in 2015. Last year’s tally was $27,123.

‘‘To do as well as we have in spite of the elec­tion and the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing it, we’re ab­so­lutely ec­static with the to­tal to be hon­est,’’ Steven­son said.

Ran­dall praised those who made the record to­tal pos­si­ble.

‘‘The re­mark­able gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple in Manawatu¯ and Horowhenua have con­trib­uted to this amaz­ing re­sult, and we can’t thank the en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment of the team at Farm­ers enough.’’

She also thanked the ded­i­cated hospice vol­un­teers who staffed the trees and in­ter­acted with preChrist­mas shop­pers.

The na­tional Trees of Re­mem­brance to­tal was also a record, with $768,162 raised for hospice ser­vices across the coun­try.

Jan­uary marked a year since the Palmer­ston North Hospice Shop moved from Ran­gitı¯kei St to the cor­ner of Wald­ing and Lom­bard streets.


Rob Ste­wart places a star on the Tree of Re­mem­brance in 2015 to honour a loved one and sup­port the Aro­hanui Hospice.

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