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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 National Hospice Appeal Week 16-22 May 2011 Street Day Collections Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May 3716340AA Dear Te Omanga Hospice Please find enclosed a donation for your hospice. This is money from my birthday party rather than receiving presents from my friends. It is for all the help you are providing for my friend Lucys dad who has a a brain tumor. from Emily B. Fundraiser... The Littlest Hospice Appeal Week 16 -22 May Street Day Collections Friday 13th May and Saturday 14th May 3715608AA Selfless gift: Emily Bridgland, second left, celebrates her 10th birthday with friends. Instead of presents, they brought donations for Te Omanga Hospice. The friends, from left, are Lauryn Yee, Jacqui Dong and Elysia Law. Abirthday something for others The Littlest Fundraiser... Emily Bridgland's letter and donation from her 10th birthday party last year touched hearts at Te Omanga Hospice and are being used as a focus for Hospice Appeal Week. This amazing little girl talked to Jenni Anderson about why she wanted to support the hospice and how she did it. What made you decide to give to Te Omanga in this way? ''Well, I didn't really need or want anything special for my birthday last year -- I had more than enough stuff -- so my Mum suggested that I could do something special for someone else. ''At the time my friend Lucy at school was going through a tough time with her dad on the hospice programme with a brain tumour. As her dad got more and more sick, she wasn't at school very much. She would often stay at home with her family just in case he passed away that day. ''My family had been making extra for dinner on a Sunday night and then taking a meal up to her family during the week just to try and help them out. ''I knew that Te Omanga Hospice was helping Lucy's dad, too...with medicines and special electronic machines. ''They also helped Lucy and her mum and her little brother as well. ''So I decided to help by writing a letter to my friends, inviting them to my 10th birthday party and asking them to help out by bringing a donation for the hospice instead of buying me more stuff that I really didn't need.'' That raised $50 for the hospice. The kids enjoyed yummy party food, a pizza tea and a video after dinner. ''It was a great party,'' Emily said. How did it feel to know you were helping the hospice to help Lucy's dad? ''It felt good! I think its better to give than receive. ''I've been thinking that next time, I would like to give to Starship Hospital or to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. ''Our street once organised a street party a few years ago. I would like to hold another one to help fundraise for some of these disasters that keep happening.'' Te Omanga Hospice provides free specialist palliative care to those living with a terminal illness, and support to their families, in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Te Omanga statistics for 2010 include: 413 new referrals to the Hutt Valley service. Approximately 160 patients on the programme at any one time, which means it provided care and support to over 575 patients and their families. 357 patients died while on the hospice programme. 29 per cent of all patients referred to Te Omanga Hospice had terminal non-malignant diseases, such as respiratory, heart, lung and neurological diseases. 48 per cent of patients are supported to die at home, with the balance dying in the hospice. Homecare nurses made 8262 visits to patients at home last year. It costs $5.7 million to provide this service; 68 per cent of this ($3.9m) is provided through the hospice's contracts with DHBs, while the balance of $1.8m is funded by the community.
May 18th 2011