Can you answer the call today?

Celebrating 40 years with you, thanks to you. Together we can continue to care.

One in every three people with a life-limiting illness in Wellington, Kāpiti or Porirua will be supported by Mary Potter Hospice. The need for your support is growing as the population ages and increases.

Patients cared for each year:
1979: around 200
2019: around 950

Annual running costs:
1979: about $600,000
2019: about $14 million

Amount we charge:
1979: $0
2019: $0

Please answer our call today. Your donation helps us continue to offer our free care for people with a life-limiting illness and their families and whānau in Kāpiti, Porirua and Wellington.

1979 “When I turned up for my first day I was apprehensive, and wondered if I’d be good enough. But it didn’t take long to feel comfortable. I had no uniform, and asked what I should buy. The Sister said it should be cheery and bright so I bought myself a light blue, a burgundy and a fire-engine red uniform!”

Nurse Sarah Reid joined Mary Potter Hospice at 24 years of age as the first full-time registered nurse.
 (Image: Stuff/Evening Post)

 

2019 “Now we visit our patients until 10pm. We can settle patients leaving the Inpatient Unit or hospital into home and make sure they have everything they need – and support the family too. I pack a bag of food to take with me and at the beginning I had to set a timer to remind myself to eat! Sometimes I spend long hours with a patient who needs me.”

Forty years later, Nurse Louise Katene works in the Inpatient Unit and visits Hospice patients in their homes.


We’re calling out for your support

Mary Potter Hospice is a local charity and relies on your support. Each year we need to raise around $7 million to keep our services free. Whether you’re donating in memory of a loved one, in appreciation of hospice care, or simply because you believe in the work we do – thank you. It’s people like you that make our work possible.