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History of Warkworth Wellsford Hospice
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice had its beginnings in 1986, when a public meeting was called in Warkworth to set up a group of Hospice Homecare volunteers. After initial training, they began providing emotional support for the terminally ill and their families in their homes.
"You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but to live until you die."
Dame Cicely Saunders
Founder of the modern hospice movement
The modern hospice movement
The modern hospice movement is relatively new and began in the UK in the 1960s after a nurse, Cicely Saunders, struck up a friendship with a patient and realised that a better place was needed to care for the terminally ill. The patient had spent the last two months of his life on a surgical ward, simply because there was no other place for him to go.
In 1967, Saunders (who later became Dame Cicely Saunders) oversaw the creation of the UK’s first modern hospice, St Christopher’s Hospice in London. She emphasised focusing on the patient rather than the disease and introduced the notion of 'total pain', which included psychological and spiritual as well as the physical aspects.
The creation of Warkworth Wellsford Hospice
The Warkworth Wellsford hospice homecare service continued to be run entirely by volunteers until 1988, when a COGs grant of $9000 was used to pay wages for two volunteer coordinators.
In 1991 the North Shore Hospice Trust was formed, with Warkworth Wellsford as a branch. A street stall raised money for a Graseby Pump, which Hospice presented to the local District Nurses on the understanding that it would be available to hospice when a nurse was employed.
Warkworth Wellsford branches out
In 1993 the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Committee of the North Shore Hospice Trust was formed and in July, the first part time nurse was employed. North Shore covered the cost of the first nurse and general running of the Warkworth Wellsford service until we were able to become more self supporting, taking into account our share of the government subsidy. NSH allowed Warkworth Wellsford the flexibility to be independent, to use some initiative and capitalise on the enthusiasm of the local team.
Promotional talks were given to service groups like Lions, Country Women’s Institute, Church groups, Senior Citizens, RSA, Red Cross. At the end of the addresses people were invited to become involved as Friends of Hospice, to help with fundraising. Garage sales were held when goods were donated.
The service grows
The Hospice was initially based in chairwoman Vonnie Wynn’s spare room but soon outgrew it, and late in 1993 an office was opened at 1 Elizabeth Street Warkworth covering the whole Warkworth Wellsford area.
The Warkworth Hospice Shop opened in Argyll Angle in 1995, and a year later another shop was opened in Wellsford. The two shops, with a combined volunteer workforce of 134, became the main source of non-grant funds, raising about $50,000 a year.
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice had two more moves, first to the Rural Health Services building on the corner of Percy and Alnwick Streets in 1995, and then to Tui House on the same site in 1997, before buying its own offices at 51 Woodcocks Road in 2001, using a $200,000 interest-free loan provided by an anonymous benefactor. That loan was repaid in 2 months with a gift of $140,000 from the Veta Mary James Trust and $55,000 from the Warkworth Rotary Club. The EAR Fisher Estate provided $40,000 towards upgrading the property.
On 6 April 2002 Hospice NZ patron Dame Thea Muldoon officially opened Hospice House and the following year the house next door was bought with another gift from the Veta Mary James Trust. The Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Committee agreed to staff the office full time (unpaid) with help from volunteers.
Many local businesses donated time, materials and expertise to complete the project.
Major House Sponsors Other Major Sponsors 2001/2
Colin Sharp ASB Trusts
EAR Fisher Estate Lion Foundation
Ideal Buildings Rodney Ltd Nth Shore Presbyterian Hospital Trust
Kowhai Coast Lions Club Lions Club of Warkworth
Mahurangi Sheetmetals Ltd Pub Charities
Mason Contractors (Warkworth) Ltd The Warkworth Inn
Merv Howlett Wellsford Brasserie
Rodney Concrete Services
Terraforce NZ Ltd
Times Media Group Ltd
Veta Mary James Trust
Warkworth Rotary Club
Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick
The garage sales, which had previously been held at volunteers' homes, were moved to Hospice House.
In 2005 the hospice employed its first paid manager, paving the way for a change in governance; in 2009 the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Committee became the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Advisory Board and its role officially changed from day to day oversight of the hospice to an advisory role.
In 2007 Hospice House underwent a major renovation with Warkworth Rotary providing funding and volunteers. The alterations created a new reception area, several new offices, a quiet room for counselling and extra storage space for the garage sales, which were now a successful weekly fundraiser.
One of the most important recent developments at Warkworth Wellsford Hospice has been the introduction of pamper therapies at Hospice House. In 2010 the house at 53 Woodcocks Road - which had been used mainly for storing garage sale goods - was renovated to create a massage room and an education and meeting room. For the first time we had somewhere for patients, carers and volunteers to come for a relaxing massage or reflexology treatment by a trained therapist. At the same time, volunteers can provide a manicure or hand massage aimed at relieving stress.
The education room is also used for art therapy sessions and grief support group meetings - other ways we can support families dealing with the trauma of a terminal illness.