Warkworth Wellsford Hospice
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is a community based service located at Tui House, a purpose-built day facility in Warkworth. Our palliative care nurses, a trained psychotherapist and a social worker travel throughout the North Rodney area to care for patients with a life-shortening illness, and to support them and their families at home. Please click here for a map of the area we cover.
Patients and family members are also invited to Tui House for clinics, counselling, day programmes and daytime respite care. We do not have an in-patient unit as our population is too small to justify or bear the cost. Our patients have free access to the in-patient units at Hibiscus Coast and North Shore Hospices.
Who we areFounded by volunteers in 1986, Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is part of the Northern Hospice Alliance, which includes Hospice North Shore and Hibiscus Hospice. Specialist doctors working across the Alliance periodically accompany our nurses when they visit families, or hold clinics at Tui House. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice functions independently and does its own fundraising, supported by about 300 amazing volunteers.
How we are funded
All our services are free to patients and their families, but it costs nearly $1 million a year to provide them.The Waitemata District Health Board provides 44% of the cost of our clinical services. To cover the balance of clinical costs, as well as administration and fundraising costs, we need to raise over $700,000 a year - that’s $1900 a day.
Who we care forWe help about 100 families a year, from Puhoi in the south to Mangawhai in the north and stretching from coast to coast. Although most of our patients are referred to us with cancer-related illnesses, our services are for anyone - of any age - who has any progressive life-threatening illness, including chronic heart failure, renal failure, lung disease and neurological diseases such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
What we doMost people know that hospice provides care for people who are dying, but many do not realise that some patients receive hospice help for years, and for most of that time they are relatively well and mobile.
And while it’s true that hospice’s core function is to ensure that people can choose to die at home or in a hospice bed, in peace and without pain, our service is also about helping people live well in whatever time they have left. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice does this in a variety of ways:
FundraisingWith more than half of our funding coming from donations, fundraising is an important activity at Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. We need to raise $1,900 every day to ensure we can keep our services free to those who need them. This comes to us by donations, bequests and through fundraising events and activities, but the biggest proportion comes from our shops in Wellsford and Warkworth and our garage sales at Tui House. Not everyone can give us money, but hundreds of people each year give us furniture, clothing and household goods that we can sell.
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