Local Wellington Farmers Department Stores have donated $50,642 to Mary Potter Hospice as part of the Caring Connections in Our Community programme between Farmers and Hospice NZ.
“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.
Ria said the closure of the Cuba Street store after the earthquake meant the amount was a little lower than last year. “But given the impact of the earthquakes on Wellingtonians and the central city, this year’s donation is even more special.”
“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.