Club provides support to community hospice

P.Hospice LogoIt was five years ago when two palliative care nurses saw their dreams become a reality.

Through their work in the community Coast women Terry Clarke-Burrows and Sue Story identified a gap in services when terminally ill people and their families were no longer able to cope at home.

They became aware of the need to help these people and so the Sunshine Coast Community Hospice was born.

The charity was established to provide hospice support care to all dying people, of any age, in the community at little personal expense.

Three years ago Katie Rose Cottage was opened to the public and in its short history the six-bed facility has provided support to more than 141 families.

Hospice Fundraising and Retail Manager Paul Goodyer said the charity received no recurrent funding from government services to cover the ongoing operation costs.

“Our income is derived from our five charity shops, fundraising events from within our charity and fundraising events put on by a generous Sunshine Coast community,’’ Mr Goodyer said.

“We also receive donations and at times we have received bequests.’’

The Sunshine Coast Community Hospice has now received a much-needed helping hand thanks to the Nambour RSL Club.

The award-winning club recently renewed its sponsorship deal with the hospice committing $30,000 across three years. This follows the club’s original sponsorship of $25,000.

To raise the necessary funds to provide a registered nurse 24 hour, seven days per week was a challenge, Mr Goodyer said.

“To have the continued sponsorship from the Nambour RSL Club is a privilege,’’ he said.

“It truly helps our fundraising efforts ensuring that our focus remains steady in providing the specialised nursing care at Katie Rose Hospice.

“It means a lot for our charity to have received the sponsorship over the next three years as it allows for us to meet our primary aim of giving our hospice guests a dignified death in their own community.

“With continued support such as this provided by the Nambour RSL Club, we can continue to provide an alternative for terminally people, their families or carers when they are no longer able to manage at home. ‘’

Nambour RSL Club General Manager Suzanne Long said the venue had been a long-time supporter of the hospice.

“Our club is pleased to be a major supporter of Katie Rose Hospice,’’ Ms Long said.

“We believe that the hospice provides a vital service to the wider Sunshine Coast community. The entire community should applaud the work of the volunteers and staff at the hospice for their commitment, passion and supportive work.

“The Nambour RSL Club hopes that our continued sponsorship will help to ensure the future of the hospice for a long time to come.’’