New home for Hospice Mid Canterbury

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Hospice Mid Canterbury has taken a big leap of faith and bought the former Sealy Street Medical Centre rooms.

The medical centre moved to a new building in the Eastfield precinct in July and Hospice Mid Canterbury Trust saw an opportunity to raise its profile and provide a special, private place for those needing its services.

The trust has bought the former medical rooms on the corner of Sealy and Havelock Streets, subject to raising the required funds. It will apply for grants and rely on the work of its fabulous fundraising team to reach the target required.

Trustee Jane Wright said hospice was fortunate the vendors had generously agreed to an extended settlement period to allow the funds to be raised. The trust would lease the building in the interim and aims to move there in the next two months.

“This is a very exciting step for us. Owning the property will enable us to establish a welcoming, homely, fit-for-purpose environment for our clients and visitors, and to develop a wider range of supports and activities. It will enable us to involve the wider community in a variety of ways and will be a wonderful community-owned asset.’’

Hospice general manager Debbie Mackle said the 1920s bungalow was ideal, as it had three road frontages, wheelchair access and off-street parking. It was private and would provide plenty of office space, as well as rooms for exercise, therapy and counselling; its gardens were therapeutic too.

She said it was also inviting as a drop-in spot for people or families on their books.

Some hospice services and programmes are on hold because of alert level 2 restrictions, but hospice patients and their families can still access help.

Debbie said the villa’s warm, family feeling was the ideal fit for hospice, where people were dealing with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

The hospice trust has also recently welcomed Anne-Marie Allen as a trustee. Anne-Marie is an active member of the community, is a Justice of the Peace and farms with her husband, Chris.