During the first lockdown, the inpatient unit (IPU) at Mercy Hospice was home to a 40-year-old Cook Island Māori, Tahitian man called Wilfred, but to everyone he met, he was ‘Wongs’.
With his family based in Tahiti and Rarotonga, Wongs spent his early years in New Zealand, either in care or on the streets. During his teens, he suffered a head injury, and as his health deteriorated, he struggled to feel comfortable in care.
The cost of funding hospice races ahead of inflation
As the country as a whole attempts to carry on with life and business, Hospice New Zealand, the national organisation representing all hospice services in New Zealand, is doing what it can to highlight the funding crisis that simply won’t go away.
The Houspice Project is a fairy story come true that started over two years ago. Maria Ryder, one of the Friends of Mercy (FOM), was enjoying a drink with her friend John Penny of Penny Homes, explaining how their role is to help Mercy raise the millions needed to continue to provide its service.
In the spirit of Matariki, let’s take a moment to celebrate and remember how our supporters came together, and what’s in the pipeline for continuing the care at Mercy. Here’s how Mercy Hospice has been raising awareness and much-needed funds for your community.
Luca Bree has lived beside Grey Lynn Park for almost forty years and has seen many changes in that time. As an enthusiastic op shopper and single parent on a tight budget he was very pleased when the Ponsonby Hospice Shop opened, quickly becoming a regular customer.
who have supported Mercy Hospice through generous grants
Ara lodge No 348 I.C. Charitable Trust
Barbara T Lipanovich & Robert Ned Covich Charitable Trust – Perpetual Guardian
Blue Waters Community Trust
Four Winds Foundation
Hugh Green Foundation
North and South Trust
N R & J H Thomson Charitable Trust – Perpetual Guardian
Pub Charity Limited
Ralph and Eve Seelye Charitable Trust
The Jogia Charitable Trust
Thank you to all our Mercy Hospice supporters including our volunteers.
We could not do it without you.
Hospice New Zealand’s supporters and sponsors
Continuing the impact
A better quality of life is possible for Central Auckland’s palliative care patients, and there are lots of ways you or your organisation can make this happen when you turn your compassion into action.