Hospice Society

On May 2, the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax will host Hike for Hospice 2010, from its new home on Spring Street in Bedford. This annual fundraiser coincides with National Hospice Palliative Care Week and is an opportunity to increase community awareness of the issues surrounding death and dying and the value of providing end-of-life care in a home-like setting.

The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax, founded in 2001, is a non-sectarian organization of volunteers with the common vision that all members of our community deserve the best possible end-of-life care. The founders believed that although dying in the comfort of a home-like atmosphere would be the desire of many of our citizens, the choice of residential hospice care wasn’t available in the area. The society has been working to that end since 2001 and in the fall of 2009, through the generosity of the HRM Council, acquired its first house, the former Teachery in Bedford.

Hike for Hospice is a major fundraiser for the Hospice Society; this year, the goal is to raise $30,000. These funds will support the programs of the Hospice Society and the refurbishment required at The Teachery to make it the first residential palliative-care hospice in Nova Scotia. Sign up as an individual or form a team and get pledges to compete for individual and team prizes.

For more information, surf to www.hospicehalifax.com or phone (902) 446-0929.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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