Sup­port­ing our com­mu­ni­ties in their time of need

In some of the fi­nal days of say­ing good­bye to loved ones many of us will have seen the gen­uine em­pa­thy and kind­ness of hospice care, and un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the crit­i­cal work that they do in our com­mu­ni­ties.

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Hospice care ser­vices sup­port fam­i­lies and wh-anau dur­ing one of life’s most chal­leng­ing times, and help peo­ple make the most of the time they have left by sup­port­ing pa­tients to live ev­ery mo­ment – no mat­ter where they are – whether it be at home, an aged care fa­cil­ity, or at the hospice it­self.

Hospice teams have a unique ap­proach, known as “pal­lia­tive care” – the fo­cus is on the whole per­son, in a spir­i­tual, emo­tional and so­cial sense, as well as deal­ing with phys­i­cal chal­lenges, and is pro­vided to ev­ery pa­tient re­gard­less of age, eth­nic­ity, means or reli­gion.

That level of sup­port re­quires an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of vol­un­teers and staff. The Cran­ford Hospice in Hawkes Bay for ex­am­ple has over 400 vol­un­teers and 85 staff look­ing af­ter over 750 pa­tients each year. It re­ally is a com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to sup­port peo­ple in their fi­nal mo­ments.

As a free ser­vice pro­vided to any­one with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness – fund­ing is al­ways a chal­lenge. Much of their funds comes from gov­ern­ment health bud­gets, but the short­fall (sev­eral mil­lions each year for each hospice) comes from fundrais­ing.

That is why Grochem, New Zealand’s only owned and op­er­ated man­u­fac­turer of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for grow­ers, have launched a cam­paign to sup­port hospice care ser­vices in the com­mu­ni­ties of our na­tions’ ap­ple grow­ers – Hawkes Bay and Tas­man.

Through­out the months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber Grochem will do­nate $35 to the Cran­ford and Nel­son Tas­man Hospice for ev­ery 1kg of Me­teor sold, a lead­ing ap­ple thin­ning agent.

Grochem have also set up a page on their web­site for those who are not users of an ap­ple thin­ning agent, where they can still par­tic­i­pate by pledg­ing their do­na­tion.

Hospice care is high­lighted on one day each year through­out the world to raise aware­ness of what hospice care is.This year the World Hospice and Pal­lia­tive Care Day is on 13 Oc­to­ber with the theme “Be­cause I Mat­ter”, fo­cus­ing on the in­di­vid­ual needs of each per­son.

Do­ing the right thing by the com­mu­ni­ties we live and work in, and for the peo­ple who have an im­pact on us, is im­por­tant to us at Grochem. We’d love for you to be part of that too.

You can pledge a do­na­tion on their web­site by email­ing grant@ or vis­it­ing projects/sup­port­ing-com­mu­ni­ties/

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