Nanaimo Community Hospice has reached the halfway mark in its $900,000 Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign.
The $1.25 million project will provide Hospice with double the space and room to grow into the future.
“We are extremely grateful to the community for helping us reach the halfway mark,” said Wendy Pratt, Hospice executive director. “We still have a ways to go, and in the months to come will be looking to service clubs, businesses and individuals to help us achieve our final goal. Your gift will be a lasting contribution to the health and well-being to the citizens of Nanaimo.”
Renovations to modify the old Nanaimo Montessori School on Waddington Avenue are scheduled to begin.
Chris Erb, of SuperErb Construction, is volunteering as project manager with a target move-in date of January 2013. There are a number of modifications needed to make the building appropriate for Hospice’s programs and services. With double the space more equipment and furnishings will also be required.
Funds raised in the campaign allow Hospice to renovate, furnish and equip the new space, ensuring all of its existing programs continue to remain accessible at no cost to the recipients.
Once in its new home Hospice plans to expand its child and youth program and add a much-needed adult palliative day program.
“There are still gaps in services in our community when it comes to end-of-life care,” said Pratt. “And we know that with a bigger space we can meet some of those needs.”
Donations can be made at www.nanaimohospice.com, in person at Hospice House, 1729 Boundary Ave., or by calling 250-758-8857.