Hospice have expressed their deepest appreciation for Dave Haddocks’ final donation to Hospice. In his will David Nominated Hospice EBOP to receive a gift of $10,000 to help continue their free service to the community, and provide specialist care for residents with a life shortening illness.
“We are very thankful for Dave’s generous donation” says Hospice EBOP CEO Peter Bassett. “Our nurses considered it a privilege to provide care for Dave in his final months after he gave so much for Hospice and our community. Over the years he’s been involved in a number of fundraising efforts and his impact has been significant for a number of services, but especially for Hospice and Coastguard. These services were his passion and the two organisations he left a gift for through his will.”
Goose Haddock, who is also a sponsor of Hospice’s fundraising festival, Sunshine and a Plate, said it was amazing to see what the service did for his Dad. “We have been involved with supporting Hospice a lot over the years and knew it was an important service, but didn’t really understand how much they do for patients and families until we received the care for Dad. We don’t know what we would have done without them.”
“It is an honour to receive Dave’s gift,” says Mr Bassett. “To make your final act one of generosity that lives on to serve others is commendable. We rely on community support to continue our free service, as do many local charities. If everyone considered supporting a charity in their will, and think about their impact - even with small gifts it would add up to a big difference across our community. Leaving a legacy like this, it’s such a meaningful way to give and ensure that the organisations you care about are supported in the future.”
Donations made through wills can be residual (leftover), for set amounts or percentages, or for specific items such as a painting, couch or property. Donors can choose if they want their gift used for a specific purpose or as-needed and it’s recommend they always discuss their wishes with family first.
Because Hospice is locally governed, all funds donated stay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and will be used for their service delivery to EBOP patients. Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty is a community based service provides care for around 300 patients in their homes per year, an average of 60-70 people at any given time. The service is partially funded by the government, with a remaining $500,000 needed to be raised annually through the community.