Community funding needed for new Hospice hub

April 21st, 2021

Dr Annabel Dunn has been with Mary Potter Hospice for 15 years, and still feels enormously fortunate to be a community palliative care specialist.

Dr Annabel (third from the left) with other members of the Hospice care team

“It is a privilege to go into people’s homes to help them,” says Annabel. “And now, with Te Whare Rānui nearly complete, we will be able to invite people to visit us in our lovely warm and sunny place.”

The Hospice’s new Porirua community base in Rānui Heights will be a welcoming space for patients to visit, and for the Hospice’s medical and therapy team to work from. Having already raised over $1 million for the building works, Mary Potter Hospice is asking the community for the final $100,000 needed to help fit-out the base. It will be complete in the middle of next month.

Annabel says that the Porirua community has given a great deal of support to Mary Potter Hospice over the years.

“The GPs in Porirua are fantastic and provide excellent care to patients. Our Mary Potter Hospice team enhances that with specialist advice and symptom management.”

Annabel says that the Hospice’s holistic care means often a whole team will get involved with a patient – not just nurses and doctors, but Māori and Pasifika liaison, social workers, counsellors and other therapists.

“It is important to offer a wide range of support to patients and their whānau. Over the years I’ve been a doctor, one that that hasn’t changed is people are still frightened and vulnerable at the end of life. To be able to help with that is what keeps us all working.”

We have raised $1,064,688 toward this building, and the main work has been completed. We need your donations to raise another $100,000 so we can complete the fit-out of this beautiful base.  If you can help, please donate today. Thank you so much for your support.