Warkworth Wellsford Hospice
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice's service is fully community based. From our offices at Hospice House in Warkworth, 6 palliative care nurses, a trained psychotherapist and a social worker travel throughout North area to care for and support terminally ill patients and their families at home. Please click here for a map of the area we cover.
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 North Shore Hospice Trust, a centre specialising in hospice and palliative care. On occasion the specialist doctors from North Shore may accompany our nurses when they visit families. 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 $700,000 a year - that’s $1900 a day.
Who we care forWe help about 90 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 weekly garage sales at Hospice 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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