The gift of a lifetime

August 18th, 2020

For over 30 years, Jeanette Hill has been generously giving to Mary Potter Hospice. What started off as donating on an ad hoc basis has evolved to now being part of the Camellia Heritage Club.

“We have friends who have used the Hospice. Hearing about their interactions, it is so reassuring to know there is somebody out there who cares. The Hospice picks up a lot of slack in the health system and provides a level of care which hospitals often cannot.”

Jeanette and Peter Hill

The Camellia Heritage Club was formed to thank and recognise those who have promised a gift in their Will to Mary Potter Hospice. Jeanette and her husband Peter decided to leave a portion of their estate to Mary Potter because the Hospice’s work resonated with both of them.

“If you are leaving money to anyone, it has to feel right for you. Donating to Mary Potter Hospice was something we both wanted to do. So many people use the Hospice’s services – it touches so many people’s lives.”

While some people may not be able to leave something in their Will, Jeanette says that shouldn’t deter people from supporting the Hospice.

“My level of giving has changed over time. When I was younger, I wasn’t able to give much, or on a regular basis. Now we are in a position where we can give a little more. You don’t need to give a fortune. A lot of people giving a little adds up. If you can only give $5 a month, that money is still very important to the Hospice.”

The Hospice sends out regular communications to Camellia Heritage Club members – something which Jeanette says she appreciates. She is looking forward in the years to come to continue to support the Hospice and the work it does in the Wellington community.

“I am still working part-time at the moment, but when I retire, I would like to do some volunteering at Mary Potter. It feels like I have been on a bit of a journey with the Hospice and I am glad that can continue.”

A gift in your Will (a bequest) to Mary Potter Hospice is a wonderful way to help people with a life-limiting illness live full, comfortable and dignified lives. If you’re thinking about leaving a gift in your Will, or want to know more about Mary Potter Hospice, our Bequests Coordinator, Olinka Ching, would be delighted to talk with you.

Contact Olinka on 04 381 0163 or Your generosity will mean so much.