In February 1983, weeks of organisation paid off when the Mary Potter Hospice Fair raised $12,800. The previous year broadcaster and Board member Arthur Feslier had waxed lyrical about an equally successful day: ‘Our annual fair, which this year was held in the grounds in front of the Hospice, was blessed with a most beautiful day. The stalls provided a very wide selection of goods for sale, the food buffets supplied a varied menu for lunch, and there was a great deal of games activity for adults and children alike.’
In December 1983, the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows presented the Hospice with two sunlamps. The same year the Tawa Bowling Club presented a cheque for $2150 and several cases of fruit juice to the Hospice. Later in the year the ‘Wasp’ Club, a social affiliate of the Seatoun Bowling Club, handed Sister Margaret a cheque for $2000 as well as a 26-inch colour TV set. It was stated that the money was to be used for the purchase and installation of bed sides, and that the TV would be most useful for the proposed video educational programme on
which Dr Elder was working. In 1983, Wellington North Rotary donated money to convert the sluice room into a self-contained ﬂat. Volunteers kept it clean, checked that it was stocked with coffee and fresh milk, and looked after everyone who stayed there.
When the Mary Potter Hospice was allocated a street day, major organisation was required to get enough people to help with the fundraising effort. Matters were complicated because it was the first time the nuns had been asked to stand on corners asking the public for money, and they didn’t like it. Fortunately they soon warmed to the idea, and the Annual Street Appeal became a regular fixture.
Written by Bee Dawson, first appearing in ‘With You: The Mary Potter Hospice Story’
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