On November 27, at a reception for hospice volunteers, board of directors and community partners, the Castlegar Hospice Society unveiled their 2014 Celebrate A Life display and memorial trees.
This is the 13th year that the display has been put up in the lobby of the Super 8 Motel and as executive director Suzanne Lehbauer says, “It is one of the major fundraisers for the Castlegar Hospice Society. Not only is there a Holiday Movie Memories display to enjoy, but people can also fill in a card for the memorial trees and make a donation to Castlegar Hospice.”
“We also recognize that the holiday season can be difficult for many people and will once again be offering support through a special Handling the Holidays grief support program.”
Funds raised go towards providing hospice palliative care services for those living with a life-threatening illness, as well as their families, the training and on-going education of volunteer support workers, community workshops, creating professional grief counseling services and the ongoing work establishing a regional hospice centre.
Hospice services are available for 100 per cent of the community and Castlegar Hospice is proud to also be a mentor for other hospices in our region.
Hospice services are provided to clients and their families at no cost. In the past year alone the need for grief and bereavement services increase by over 500 per cent while donations and funding have declined.
In order to continue to provide and expand these essential services to fill the need in our community, hospice depends on the generosity of the community members, companies and organization.
Donations can be made at the Super 8 Motel, online at castlegarhospice.org or through the hospice office at the Castlegar Health Centre, 709 10th Street or by phoning 250-304-1266.