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An 18-month build

Situated in Suffolk Road, Stoke, the new $11.5m Nelson Tasman Hospice was officially opened on 2nd May this year by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Eighteen months under construction, the purpose-built hospice has been largely funded by community donations, and constructed with 10 private inpatient rooms, each with its own garden-view deck. Hospice CEO Frans Dellebeke is full of praise for those involved with all stages of the project. “The Nelson Tasman Hospice team is extremely fortunate to have been given such a great hospice facility by the Nelson Tasman community from where it will provide specialist palliative care and services. “Every single dollar of this purpose-built facility has been contributed by the community; from the amazing $4.2 million

“We need to continue with our fundraising efforts to cover the $1.2 million operational shortfall that is needed to keep providing a great service.” FRANS DELLEBEKE

bequest from Daniel O’Brien to the $2- coins received in our donation boxes in the Nelson Richmond area.” He adds that the team members who led the project – Gibbons Construction Ltd, Irving Smith Architects, Canopy Landscape Architects, RLB Quantity Surveyors and project engineer, Josh Kenney – were all fantastic and delivered the project more or less on time and well under the original $14 million budget. “In addition, there was a whole group of subcontractors, all of whom played a huge role in getting us over the line; a truly amazing and humbling effort by all.” Since the early May opening, hospice staff have been settling in and focusing on the services they provide.

More funding needed

Above: Clockwise - A work in progress as fundraising continues; the stunning new entrance 52

Fundraising is ongoing, says Frans. “We need to continue with our fundraising efforts to cover the $1.2 million operational shortfall that is needed to keep providing a great service. Therefore, please keep visiting the hospice shops, attend the various hospice fundraising events and if possible, make a donation through the Hospice, Days of Care initiative. “Recently we agreed to provide a specialist palliative care service at the Nelson Hospital, and we are also reviewing how best we can support staff and residents in aged care facilities, across the region; all this while caring and supporting 180 patients and families on a day-to-day basis from our new and more central purpose-built facility. “Thanks Nelson Tasman. Your support over our 32 years of service is greatly appreciated; we could not do so without your monetary donations, or your donation as a valued volunteer.”

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