Hike for Hospice helps Newmarket, Aurora provide end-of-life care

“The bottom line is: Our hospices survive thanks to the generosity of our communities and the tireless commitment of our employees. These two energies come together in our big annual fundraiser, the Hike for Hospice, ”says the development director of the event from May 21st to 31st

Doctors, nurses and volunteers lace up every day to ensure important and important end-of-life care in the local hospices. They did this before the global pandemic, and they have continued to do so in the 14 months since it began.

They own a service that is driven by passion, but the level of care they can provide is determined by dollars.

And that’s where you come in.

Next month, Doane House Hospice and Margaret Bahen Hospice are launching the Hike For Hospice 2021 campaign. You can walk, hike, run or cycle between May 21st and 31st to support the work of both organizations.

According to the organizers, hospital care costs an average of $ 1,000 per day, compared to $ 460 for a day of care in the hospice, which is provided free of charge to hospice residents and their families.

“Hospices provide a vital quality of care for Aurors affected by a life-threatening disease and those near the end of life,” said Jennifer Adams, development director at Margaret Bahen and Doane House Hospices.

Adams recently highlighted the importance of Hike for Hospice in a delegation to the Aurora Council. There she said she supported her work as a “solid community investment”.

“The people of Aurora are very lucky,” she said. “Across Canada, the number of hospices is quite small. Aurors, however, have access to two community hospices. Imagine a family member has a potentially terminal illness. Imagine the worries, worries, and psychological distress that would cause you and your family. Our hospice programs and services cater to the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of each person. By surrounding our community members with a strong support circle, we can help them make decisions for their days to come.

“When your life-threatening illness persists and you are faced with the decision of whether to receive end-of-life care, Margaret Bahen provides an environment in which you can feel at home. It is a place where families meet a loved one in peace, a place where gardens grow, and a place where serenity and dignity are paramount for all. Every year we support over 1,250 people through our programs at Margaret Bahen Residential Hospice and Doane House Community Hospice. This is approximately 95 percent of the residents of Aurorans and Newmarket. “

She found that residential and community hospices rely on donations and philanthropy to keep their services running smoothly because governments only partially fund clinical operations. It is estimated that 50 percent of their total operating costs must be raised year after year to correct deficits, and that funding can enable anything from meal preparation to housekeeping to night watch.

“Hospices just don’t work without armies of care,” she said. “The bottom line is: Our hospices survive thanks to the generosity of our communities and the tireless commitment of our employees. These two energies come together in our big annual fundraiser, the Hike for Hospice. This initiative helps fund food, utility services, spiritual guidance, social work, music and art therapy, volunteer services, bereavement services, and administrative support. “

On foot, hiking, biking, or running, the hospices have set a donation goal of $ 70,000 – a fraction of the $ 800,000 needed annually to keep things running.

“Last year we saw a decrease in our donation funds with COVID-19,” said Adams. “We ask attendees to participate for at least 30 minutes at any time (between May 21st and 31st) to either hike, bike, run, or run – or choose any other activity they’re interested in . You can register on our website. You can then create a personal donation page which will then be passed on to your friends, family and contacts. During the event, we ask people to take photos of them doing their activities and share them on social media using our hashtag # wander4hospice to really get the word out.

To do just that, or to support the attendees of your choice, visit www.myhospice.ca/hikeforhospice.

Brock Weir is a federally funded reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative at The Auroran

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