Fund boost for palliative care
THE generosity of a Tweed retailer has got the wheels turning for Tweed Palliative Support Inc (TPS), with donations allowing them to purchase an eight-seater buggy for patient use.
The Good Guys Tweed Heads Local Giving Program presented a $7000 cheque to TPS, who will put it towards a patient transport buggy for the new Wedgetail Retreat facility.
Tweed Palliative Support recently bought the seven-acre premise and their goal is to turn the facility into a fully functioning hospice.
“The Wedgetail Retreat property has sweeping views and really is the perfect environment for those faced with terminal illness,” TPS president Meredith Dennis said.
“Being abundant in space and scenery does, however, present some challenges for transporting multiple patients and visitors around the hospice facility.”
The Wedgetail Retreat is the first of its kind in Tweed Shire and is a place where terminally ill patients will be able to live out their lives in a homely facility.
Ms Dennis said there is currently nowhere in the Tweed area, besides hospitals, for patients to go who need palliative care.
“Most of our clients are cancer patients; in hospitals they are often put in with dementia patients, and it is not a very calm atmosphere for them,” she said.
Rory Curtis, proprietor of The Good Guys Tweed Heads, said they are proud to continue aiding the Tweed Palliative Support Inc, as they have been doing for more than a year.
“It is always rewarding to see that our donations are providing a great benefit to the Tweed community.
“The hospice will undoubtedly serve as an invaluable facility for patients,” MrCurtis said.
The Good Guys have come through with the goods, and donations received fromevery docket are expected to reach a final total of more than $11,000 for the Wedgetail Retreat.
Ms Dennis said none of this would have been possible without the generous donations from The Good Guys and others in the community.
Wedgetail Retreat is currently open for support groups, but she said finding funding for the transition to hospice is difficult, and the site cannot be opened for palliative care until there is enough funding for qualified staff.