Julia Barnes and Natalie Perry at the opening of the new Hospice Shop in Te Hana already a popular stop-off for travellers

New horizon for hospice

by Andy Bryenton

A new endeavour opened in Te Hana is delivering better care for hospice patients, thanks to the generosity of the local community.

The Hospice Shop has only just opened its doors in the small town on State Highway One, but it’s already seen good patronage from travellers and locals alike.

Affiliated with the Harbour Hospice, with three facilities caring for the palliative needs of patients north of Auckland, the bright pink facade has turned heads since the ribbon was cut on Thursday, August 1.

Shop assistants Julia Barnes and Natalie Perry will be in-store weekly from Thursday through Sunday, both selling goods to benefit the good work of their parent organisation and also receiving donations of good quality homeware, furniture, clothing and books.

Along with the bargains, there’s a serious message to this (and other) hospice shops in our small communities.

Harbour Hospice management says that health board funding covers some, but far from all of the costs of their vital service.

A further six million dollars or more must be raised every year to keep the hospice going, helping families in their time of direst need, free of charge.