Street Appeal

Please support Mary Potter Hospice’s Street Appeal this September.

For over 40 years, Mary Potter Hospice has been here to provide free-of-charge compassionate and quality palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families or whānau in our community. On any given day, our services touch the lives of around 250 husbands and wives, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, whānau, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

This year we need to fundraise more than $7 million to keep our services free. We depend on our community as only half of the funding we need comes from Government.

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September we’ll be seeing close to a thousand people wearing Mary Potter Hospice bibs and holding collection buckets across the streets of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti. And behind each bib and bucket is a story – perhaps of someone loved and lost, perhaps of a Mary Potter Hospice Nurse’s compassion or simply of a desire to help people at the most difficult of times. See what your fellow supporters have to say:

Matthew’s story: Matthew remembers his parents each year when he volunteers for the Mary Potter Hospice Street Appeal. Both his mother Audrey and father Graham were cared for by the Hospice.

“I really enjoy being able to help the Hospice. I know it relies heavily on the funds that are collected. I get a lot of comradeship on Street Appeal day from people who go pass by and say ‘Mum was helped by the Hospice’. When you are out on the street collecting you realise there are a huge number of Wellingtonians who have benefited from the Hospice one way or another.”

Bronwyn’s story: When Bronwyn’s grandmother Eva became ill, the Hospice cared for her and the family. The memories of that time remained with Bronwyn. “The Hospice staff were so amazing during that time. It really helped me think differently about death and passing on.”

Helping with the Street Appeal is a rewarding experience, Bronwyn says. Having the opportunity to talk to people who were donating was particularly special. “A lot of people say, ‘I lost Mum last year’, or ‘I lost my father and the Hospice was wonderful’. For many, a lot of people have had an experience with the Hospice, it touches so many lives.”

Pravind’s story: Pravind and his family had just moved to Wellington when his mother Saras was diagnosed with lung cancer. The family decided they wanted to care for Saras at home – something which was made possible with the help of the Hospice. “We had a community nurse from the Hospice come and check on us every day. She was our go-to person. It was a real godsend and a massive, massive support.”

“The Street Appeal is only two days out of my year. It is the least I can do. Our family will be forever indebted to the Hospice.”

When you see us, please donate – every dollar really does help to keep hospice care 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 who make our work possible. If you can spare some time to collect for us at a location close to you we would also be so grateful.

Please support our Street Appeal and donate when you see us, or donate today.

Please note we are following Charities Services COVID guidelines in relation to this event. Keeping our volunteers and the public safe is our top priority.