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Investing in our future

Media release - 23 August 2016

For immediate release
From Mary Potter Hospice

Mary Potter Hospice is positioning itself to meet the future demand for its services that it knows it will face as people born in the 1930s -1940s live longer and the ‘baby boomer’ population gets older. Funding the increased demand has been identified by the Hospice as a major challenge.

Currently the Hospice must fundraise over $5 million every year to provide its free-of-charge services.

In response to the future funding challenge, the Hospice is looking to build a 37-unit apartment complex adjacent to its Hospice building in Mein Street, Newtown. This has been made possible by a substantial donation for investment in a residential apartment complex.

This is a new-build that will create long-term sustainable revenue for the Hospice and its future services and will provide extra accommodation in the Newtown area.

The proposed apartments will be built on land which it already owns and has been declared by the Wellington City Council and Cabinet as one of Government’s Special Housing Areas. The Hospice is currently holding discussions with its immediate neighbours and will apply to the Council for resource consents in the next few weeks.

“Mary Potter Hospice receives generous support from our Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti communities which enables us to continue operating and to provide our free-of-charge service to patients and their families” says Mary Potter Hospice Board member Malcolm Bruce.

“We are very grateful for the community support, and we couldn’t survive without it. However, to meet future demand we know we will need to substantially increase our income above that which we already generate through our retail shops, fundraising programmes and government contracts.”

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For more information please contact:

Philippa Sellens
Director Fundraising, Marketing & Communications
Mary Potter Hospice

Mobile 020 405 90157
Email philippa.sellens@marypotter.org.nz

Investing in our future – Mary Potter Hospice_Media release 23.8.16