‘Hike for Hospice’ a testament to outpouring of community support

Saugeen Shores ‘Hike for Hospice’ 2019 exceeded all expectations in raising funds.

The ‘Hikers’ more than tripled the 2019 goal of $8,000, raising over $26,000 and still counting.

Over 600 participants including many family members and friends of past hospice residents gathered at nine locations across Grey and Bruce counties raising a tremendous $194,117 that will assist with the on-going operational costs at Chapman House in Owen Sound which serves residents from both counties.

Fund Development Manager Rachel Taylor said, “We are so thrilled with the outpouring of support we have received from the community this year. This result is really a testament to what our region can do when we all pull together.” With donations usually continuing to come in for a week or two after the event Taylor anticipates that they will reach their fundraising goal of $200,000.

Hospice palliative care at Chapman House is provided at no cost to the resident or their family. More than 50% of the funds needed to provide the hospice palliative care services provided by Chapman House come from charitable donations, which make this annual fundraiser a key component to ensuring the future of our community hospices.

The Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce thanks the hundreds of people across Grey and Bruce who participated in and donated to the event. The hospice would also thanks the dedicated team of volunteers who made the day a success and the generous businesses that sponsored the event. Bayshore Broadcasting and the Shoppers Drug Mart in Hanover were major contributors to this event once again this year.

Looking ahead, the hospice will be looking for additional volunteers interested in joining the fundraising and event planning committee for the 2020 hike. Interested parties are encouraged to contract Rachel Taylor at rtaylor@greybrucehospice.com.

Donations towards the Hike for Hospice are still being accepted at Chapman House or can be made online at greybrucehospice.com.

About Chapman House & Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce

Chapman House, owned and operated by Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce is a free-standing residential hospice that serves Grey & Bruce counties. The community hospice is a centre of excellence with a multi-disciplinary team providing compassionate, dignified, patient-centered care to individuals with a progressive life-limiting illness, empowering them to live well while dying.

Chapman House has eight suites in a newly constructed, purpose-built facility in Owen Sound where the palliative care team and volunteers provide a range of medical and support services around the clock. The hospice home has fewer restrictions than an institutional setting and family members are encouraged to visit with their loved ones at any time and to participate in their end-of-life care.

The resident rooms include comfortable living spaces for family members to stay day or night and there are no set visiting hours so that family members can come and go as they please. Hospice care at Chapman House is available free of charge to patients and their families. Support from the community is heavily relied upon to continue providing this much needed care.

New South Bruce Hospice Satellite Project

Following four years of meetings and planning to expand hospice services beyond Chapman House in Owen Sound, representatives of the Southern Bruce Grey Hospice Satellite Committee and the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce Inc. were very encouraged by the provincial government’s announcement in January of 2019 to fund six additional hospice beds in Bruce county. Having received the government funding approval, the project is currently focusing on creating a fundraising program and finding a suitable location for the new satellite hospice.