Much like Catherine McAuley and the original Sisters of Mercy, the Community Palliative Care (CPC) nurses at Mercy Hospice go out into the community every day to deliver much-needed clinical care and support to patients and their families. With 20-30 referrals received each week, these nurses never know what their days will look
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.
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. For those of you who were not able to read this when
Another fun way to support Mercy Hospice is by running your own fundraiser. Here’s a selection of creative ways our amazing supporters have been raising money recently. Switch & Ditch Organised by hospice volunteer, Meryle Kenny at her retirement village, residents made donations to switch their pre-loved clothes
One of our fabulous new volunteers, Karin Won, who has recently moved to Auckland from Wellington. We are thrilled to have her join our wonderful team of Retail Volunteers! There’s no doubt about it, it has been a rough time for our volunteers recently. With many of our valued and committed volunteers
A cascade of lights adorning a large oak in the grounds of College Hill was the stunning centre piece for Lights to Remember, last year’s Christmas fundraising campaign. And what a wonderful way, after all the disruptions and frustrations of 2021 to end the year and focus on things that matter most to each
It is such a privilege to be able to share this account of gratitude and love from Antonia Guttenbeil, whose father Jason passed away at Mercy Hospice in 2018. Thank you also to Dain Guttenbeil, Antonia’s uncle, who continues to provide invaluable cultural insights and learning to the whole team at Mercy Hospice.
Hayley McCarthy’s mum, Col, stayed with Mercy for five weeks in Feb 2021. Around the same time, Hayley decided to get married and wanted to include Col in the celebrations, but she was unsure if this would be a possibility due to Col’s levels of consciousness. “…she’d barely eaten or woken in the days
In December last year, Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy Hospice suddenly lost one of its most dear and devoted family members, Teina Stewart. Today we share memories of our beloved coworker and how she positively impacted the lives of those she served and the cause she loved for over 27 years. Here’s a small selection