By Eric Bourque
As it approaches the 10th anniversary of its founding meeting, the Yarmouth County Hospice Society continues to raise funds with the goal of making things more comfortable for terminally ill patients and family members visiting them in the hospital.
The society’s next fundraiser – billed as a family fun fair – is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at the Yarmouth Lions Club hall.
Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will include a yard sale, bake sale and Chinese auction.
There will be children’s games, Easter basket draws, a pie/cake auction, hotdogs and hamburgers to eat and more.
Organizers are looking for items for their yard sale and Chinese auction, says hospice society president Shirley Hubbard.
Citing the bake table too, she says any items people might wish to donate would be appreciated.
“If anyone would like to bake us a pie or cake to auction off, we will auction them off at 2 p.m.,” she said.
Community support – through fundraisers like this and the many other activities the hospice society has put on over the years – helps the society do its work, Hubbard says.
In the decade since it was formed, the society has taken on various projects. Among other things, the group has furnished a couple of family rooms at the hospital and purchased pain pumps.
The society has provided the hospital with La-Z-Boy chairs – again part of its ongoing effort to make the hospital stay more comfortable for patients with terminal illnesses and their families – and Hubbard says she has been able to see first-hand how much this is a comfort to the people who use them.
“Our plan is still to work towards getting palliative care beds for this end of the province,” she said.
Hubbard started the hospice society and has been with it since the beginning.
In less than two months, the society will reach the 10-year anniversary of its launch. Hubbard recalls the first meeting being held in May 2004.
As for the April 5 event at the Yarmouth Lions hall, Hubbard says people interested in making a donation can contact her (742-7088), Brian Noble (761-2569) or Dr. Alderic Legere (742-7373).