Huron Shores Hospice in need of volunteers

Second round of fundraising underway with Christmas campaign
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By Barb McKay

As Huron Shores Hospice moves closer to finalizing its plans for a residential hospice suite, the pressure is on to find volunteers to help support it.

Huron Shores Hospice board of director Chair Cheryl Cottrill told The Independent last week that volunteers are needed in a number of capacities to ensure that the residential hospice is successful. Specifically, the hospice requires finance and governance committee members and patient comfort volunteers.

“There is a lot to do and our small team of volunteers is keeping very busy,” Cottrill said.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering on the board of directors or helping hospice residents in care and their families can submit expressions of interest to info@huronshoreshospice.ca by Dec. 15.

Fundraising for the one-bed residential hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor has been going well. Last month Huron Shores Hospice received a $10,000 donation from Nicol Insurance Inc. as a family support sponsor.

When we heard that help was required to support such a great initiative, we felt it was extremely important we step forward to support our community,” Nicol Insurance CEO Tim Nicol said in a media release. “Being the family support sponsor is not only a great honour but also fits with  our desire to give back to families that support us and allow us to be in a position to give back. There is no more important time to support family than when they are going through hard times and we hope that this makes life a little easier in a very difficult time.

“Our company philosophy is to be a great corporate citizen and recognize that we would not exist if not for those in our communities that put their trust in us every day. This donation is from Nicol Insurance, all its employees and also from those who choose us as their insurance provider. I certainly hope that everyone involved is as proud as I am to be a part of supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

The donation kicks off the hospice’s second phase of fundraising for a second hospice bed. The committee met its phase one fundraising goal with the Handbags for Hospice event held in September.

The hospice committee also received $1,250 of quality comfort bedding and a headboard from Sleepers Bed Gallery for the resident and family rooms in the suite and a $1,500 donation from the Kincardine Bridge Club.

Cottrill said there is plenty of work to be done before the suite opens in early spring of 2018.

“We are currently working on our policies and procedures, purchasing the equipment and furnishings needed for the suite, working with the Carpenters Union to prepare for renovations on the suite, recruiting volunteers and preparing to hire a part-time co-ordinator to work with the Tiverton Park Manor and residents and family of the hospice to keep things working smoothly. Lots to be done. Our plan is to open mid-to-end of March, dependent on when a suite becomes available at Tiverton Park Manor.”

In the meantime, Huron Shores Hospice Christmas Campaign in underway. To make a donation, visit www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/huron-shores-hospice or send a cheque to Huron Shores Hospice, Box 262, Tiverton, ON, N0G 2T0. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.