Tui House for North Rodney
The new community day hospice for North Rodney is now open at 32 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth. Click here for a virtual tour of the facility.
If you would like to know more about Tui House, please contact Lesley Ingham:
09 425 9535 or 021 913 234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospices receive no government funding for capital projects, which means we had to raise the full project cost of $7.5 million. Having paid for the land and accumulated some reserve funds, in July 2014 we set out to raise a further $5 million from individuals and organisations.
We reached the $5 million target in November 2017.
This is mostly due to the incredible heart of people in our community. Some of the money has come from trusts but about 100 individual givers pledged almost $3 million to make sure the new hospice gets built. They have responded to dedicated donors who have shared their enthusiasm for the project and invited others to be part of it too.
Because our hospice is part of a charitable trust, virtually all donations to the building project are tax deductible and most of our donors have been able to claim a third of their total gift back from the IRD. We offer major donors the opportunity to dedicate a part of the building to a family group or organisation.
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is a community-based service giving free specialist palliative care and family support to people from Puhoi to Mangawhai.
Most people want to spend the end of their lives at home with the people who matter most to them, and most can achieve this if they are supported by visits from our nurses, counsellor and social worker. Patients who need inpatient care have free access to the units at Red Beach and Takapuna.
If we are to keep pace with the incredible growth in our community, we need to offer more services that keep people close to their homes and community – nurse-led clinics, day respite, day programmes and therapeutic treatments – and Tui House will give us the space to do this.
Our teams previously worked from two old dairy factory houses that were not suitable for patients to come to – in fact, sometimes a nurse had to consult with a patient in the carpark because the patient could not manage the steps!
We want the hospice to be a building at the heart of our community, with a real sense of ownership by the locals and flexible spaces that anyone can use – for volunteer meetings, small fundraising events and special interest or business groups. Hospice is an organisation that celebrates life and we want our building to reflect that.
Aubrey Symons was part of a focus group where we asked patients what they would like to see in our new building. See our video interview with Aubrey here.
The new building will provide room for:
- Day respite
- Day programmes
- Counselling rooms
- Support groups
- Complementary therapies (e.g. massage, reflexology)
- Art, music and physical therapy
- Community meeting space
- Increased fundraising by expanding our weekly ‘garage sale’ of donated goods
Many thanks to all who have supported our fundraising campaign to date, including these trusts:
- Pub Charity
- Rodney Health Charitable Trust
- Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust and Estate of Ernest Davis
- Lotteries Community Facilities Fund
- The David Levene Foundation
- W and WAR Fraser Charitable Trust
- Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation
- Full Gospel Mission Trust
- Auckland Council Rodney Local Board
- Kelliher Trust
- Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate
- Dry July
- Oxford Sport Trusts
- Hine Rangi Trust