Hospice holding dance for new digs

NANAIMO – Fundraiser dance will drive cash to move Hospice move to new home.

A fundraiser dance being hosted this weekend will help Hospice get on the road to its new home.

After more than 20 years, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society is moving to its new facility in the old Montessori School building in St. George Crescent.

“We’re at 90 per cent of our capital campaign and we’re hoping to move in June,” said Jeanne Fahlman, Hospice society development officer.

The society is raising more than $900,000 needed for the move and property purchases. Some of the funding will come from the sale of its current facility on Boundary Crescent.

“We still need to raise more than $200,000,” Fahlman said.

The school will provide more room for additional programs, provide wheelchair accessibility and parking.

“We really want to do a new palliative day program where we can offer respite for caregivers and palliative patients can come and spend four or five hours with us,” Falhman said. “We can entertain them, bring in speakers, we can feed them some lunch and put them out on our beautiful new sun deck, which we will have, and there’s a beautiful children’s therapeutic garden we’re going to be working on.”

The dance, being hosted by former Hospice clients, happens at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256, 1630 East Wellington Rd., Saturday (April 27) at 7 p.m. and features food, live music by Joe and the Bros. and a silent auction.

Tickets are $20 each.

“We’re just looking to get some people out there,” Fahlman said.