Compassion, Connection and the Aspen Tree

At the beginning of June last year, Malcolm Bianchi was admitted to Mercy Hospice with stage 4 lung cancer. Surrounded by his loving family, Malcolm died within 36 hours. Looking back at this special time and the three months of community support they received, Malcolm’s wife Denise Bianchi shares how her family’s experience of care was something she will always be grateful for.

Originally from Dagenham and Manor Park, East London, Malcolm and Denise moved to Auckland in 1987 with daughters Gina, Emma, and Leanne. Their two eldest daughters moved back to the UK in 1996 and 1998, and this led to a tradition of annual return visits. During these trips, Malcolm relished connecting with friends at a pub local to where one of his daughters lived, the Aspen Tree.

Honohono Tatou Katoa cover

Empowering Communities

to give everyone a chance to live their lives fully to the end
Diversity Equity and Inclusion - Tania Gulliver

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Tania Gulliver talks how the team is supporting Mercy staff to become more skilled at culturally safe practice when working with communities that currently don’t access palliative care services.
Riding for Jim and living every moment

Riding for Jim and living every moment

On February 17, amid the turbulent weather so many had to contend with, Andrew Trevelyan and Steve Cassidy started their grand cycle of New Zealand, the Tour Aotearoa, in memory of their friend, Jim Swanson, who passed away at Mercy Hospice on September 17, 2022.
What's under the hat?

What’s Under the Hat Aunty? UPDATE

Earlier in March, you may have seen our fundraising appeal that told the story of Frances Te Weehi, whose daughter, Leah died at Mercy in 2016 after losing her battle with lung cancer. Frances explains how at one point during her treatment, Leah’s nieces and nephews noticed how she started wearing a hat to cover the hair loss that resulted from chemotherapy.
ACG Parnell RTBs

The Best Round the Bays Ever!! Incredible feats of kindness

In March, fundraisers raised just over $46,000 to care for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
Hospice Awareness (15-21 May)
Upcoming Events

Hospice Awareness Week (15 – 21 May)

The theme for this year’s Hospice Awareness Week is OK: “Ok to ask for help, ok to be yourself, ok to laugh, ok to cry and that hospice is about living every moment in a way that matters to you”.

Thank you to these Trusts and Foundations

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.