More than $776,000 has been donated to hospice services around the country following the Christmas fundraising campaign supported by all Farmers Departments stores. This is the fifth year that Farmers has supported Hospice, donating nearly $3.5 million over that time to help keep hospice services free of charge.
Once again Farmers customers and staff were fully behind the campaign – purchasing the limited edition bauble and making donations to the Tree of Remembrance. 100% of all funds donated in each store remain in the local community, helping to ensure that hospice care remains free of charge for people with life-limiting conditions, their families and whānau. For the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, the donation of $61,237.78 will be spent on patient care, including expanding the Hospice @ Home service.
“Not only did the team at Farmers embrace raising funds for our hospice, they also worked as ambassadors for our services, helping the community to better understand the work we do. The awareness raising that comes from being involved with Farmers is invaluable. The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti has contributed to this amazing result. Thank you so much,” said Mary Potter Hospice Chief Executive Brent Alderton.
Mary Schumacher, CEO of Hospice NZ explains “The support we receive from Farmers is incredible. For five years now the entire Farmers team has embraced supporting hospice at Christmas and alongside their customers continue to make a real difference to people using hospice services throughout NZ. It is humbling to be the beneficiary of such generosity and kindness.”
Michael Power, acting Chief Executive of Farmers and Chief Financial Officer says, “The delivery of a national store-wide approach to our charity campaigns helps build a meaningful opportunity to connect with the community, as our staff work in unison toward a common goal. At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff and our business. It’s heart-warming to know the positive difference it will make in our communities.”