Large do­na­tion to Mary Pot­ter ‘gen­er­ous gift’

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - RUBY MACANDREW

An anonymous donor has con­trib­uted $15,000 to Mary Pot­ter Hos­pice, help­ing en­sure the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s longevity.

The en­dow­ment, which had come as a sur­prise to staff, was from the fam­ily of a pa­tient who wanted to thank the or­gan­i­sa­tion for the care their loved one had re­ceived in her fi­nal months.

‘‘We are de­lighted to have re­ceived such a gen­er­ous gift. The grant of $15,000 is sig­nif­i­cant and we are so grate­ful for our care to be recog­nised in this way,’’ direc­tor of fundrais­ing Philippa Sel­lens said.

Mary Pot­ter Hos­pice is a free ser­vice for pa­tients with ter­mi­nal and life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion works to sup­port pa­tients and their fam­i­lies so they can make the most of the time they have left.

How­ever, in or­der to keep its ser­vices free, the hos­pice has to raise $5 mil­lion each year - a fig­ure that had been helped by the do­na­tion to the Hos­pice’s en­dow­ment fund, the For­ever Foun­da­tion.

Sel­lens said the foun­da­tion’s goal was to raise more than $20 mil­lion to cre­ate an en­dow­ment, al­low­ing the hos­pice to con­tinue pro­vid­ing free ser­vices for gen­er­a­tions to come while re­duc­ing the strain on an­nual fundrais­ing pro­grammes.

‘‘By giv­ing to the For­ever Foun­da­tion, the donors are en­sur­ing the longevity of our or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ Sel­lens said.

The do­na­tion was a ‘‘pass through’’ grant from the Nikau Foun­da­tion who were able to pro­vide the donors with anonymity.

Gen­eral man­ager Louise Parkin was the lucky one tasked with de­liv­er­ing the good news to Sel­lens and the rest of the hos­pice fundrais­ing team.

‘‘It is one of the favourite parts of my job. There are so many char­i­ties com­pet­ing for money out there so it’s great for them to re­ceive large chunks of money out of the blue,’’ she said.

The Nikau Foun­da­tion in­vests the money in per­pe­tu­ity and dis­trib­utes the in­come ac­cord­ing to each donor’s wishes. Last year they dis­trib­uted more than $400,000 to char­i­ties in the Welling­ton re­gion.

‘‘There are so many char­i­ties com­pet­ing for money out there.’’ Gen­eral man­ager Louise Parkin

The Welling­ton Saints played on Fri­day Night 5th May and ded­i­cated the en­tire night to raise aware­ness and funds for Mo­tor Neu­rones Dis­ease; Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease is the name given to a group of dis­eases in which the nerve cells con­trol­ling the mus­cles that en­able us to speak, breathe and swal­low de­gen­er­ate and die; this causes loss of mo­bil­ity in the limbs, and dif­fi­cul­ties with speech, swal­low­ing and breath­ing. The dis­ease af­fects one in 15,000 peo­ple, and in NZ specif­i­cally there is ap­prox­i­mately 300 in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with the dis­ease. One of those in­di­vid­u­als is Justin Toebes (Pres­i­dent of thewelling­ton Saints), an ad­mirable man, who has been in­volved with the Welling­ton Saints since 1992. Justin has given and con­tin­ues to give, so much to the team, that the Welling­ton Saints wanted to do some­thing spe­cial for Justin, and so on Fri­day night they played against the Rangers in pur­ple uni­forms specif­i­cally in sup­port of Justin and Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease. It was an­nounced at half time that the Welling­ton Saints will auc­tion each of these play­ers uni­form which have been in­di­vid­u­ally signed, with all pro­ceeds go to­wards MND As­so­ci­a­tion. You can bid on one of these one of a kind uni­forms via trade.me/welling­ton­saints and help cur­rent and fu­ture MND suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.saints.co.nz #Saints­fam­ily

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Mary Pot­ter Hos­pice has re­ceived a sur­prise do­na­tion of $15,000 from the fam­ily of a for­mer pa­tient.

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