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Porirua Farmers store raises the most to support Mary Potter Hospice

Staff from Farmers stores from Porirua, Paraparaumu, Kilbirnie and Lambton Quay present a cheque for $50,642 to Mary Potter Hospice chief executive Ria Earp

The Porirua Farmers store raised more than any other Wellington Farmers Department Store in the Tree of Remembrance fundraising before Christmas. The Porirua store raised $18,000 of the $50,642 that was donated to Mary Potter Hospice as part of the Caring Connections in Our Community programme between Farmers and Hospice NZ.

Nationally a phenomenal $668,732 was donated to hospice services through the arrangement.

This is a major donation for Mary Potter Hospice. We are very grateful for the support from Farmers and its wonderful staff as well as generous customers from Kilbirnie to Kapiti, said Mary Potter Hospice Chief Executive Ria Earp.

Mary Potter Hospice has a very strong relationship with Farmers. Farmers staff also help Mary Potter Hospice with other activities such as our annual street appeal and the Strawberry Festival. They are very generous people and we are humbled by the support we get.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, each of the 61 Farmers stores across New Zealand hosted a Tree of Remembrance in-store. Customers were given the opportunity to remember someone special during the festive season and to make a donation to support their local hospice service.

While the Tree of Remembrance involves over 4,000 Farmers staff and 1.5 million customers throughout the country, a unique feature of the campaign is that 100% of the funds donated go directly to local hospice services, helping to ensure that hospice care is available to people free of charge.

Photo: Staff from Farmers stores from Porirua, Paraparaumu, Kilbirnie and Lambton Quay present a cheque for $50,642 to Mary Potter Hospice chief executive Ria Earp