Construction continues on the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre on London Street.
But as Greg Davis reports, the project for end-of life care has faced a funding shortfall.
And an appeal for more help is being made.
A stitch in time saves nine… but don’t ask Bunny Waterworth how long it takes to make a quilt …
Bunny: That’s a difficult question it depends on the pattern, if you have the fabric. We’re talking charity quilts we’ve done the past few years are from donated materials so you work with what you got.
Waterworth is a longtime member of the Kawartha Quiltmakers’ Guild. Its Helping Hands charity branch is donating 20 quilts for the 10 beds at the future Hospice Peterborough Care Centre slated to open next spring.
Bunny: I never thought of it that much but it is nice if we can bring help to somebody.
Their work was praised as part of Hospice Peterborough’s half-million dollar appeal to Peterborough County Council on Wednesday. $200,000 is requested to assist a $660,000 shortfall for the $7.9 million dollar care centre.
Bill Lockington: We have less than 10 per cent of the goal to accomplish.
Bill Lockington of the Every Moment Matters campaign says Hospice Peterborough’s operational costs will double to nearly $600,000 when the care centre opens. The city has provided $1.5 million over three years and Hospice hopes the County can provide $300,000 over the next three years.
Lockington: Our fundraising capacity will grow. So we will eventually grow into being able to raise 600 hundred thousand a year. But for the time being there will be a bit of a shortfall in doing that.
and we’re asking the county to help us bridge that as we develop the fundraising capacity to get to the 600 thousand a year.
The requests struck a chord with Havelock Belmont Methuen Mayor Ron Gerow. His township continues to lobby the province for a longterm care home.
Gerow: We have an aged community in the city and county and hospice is going to play a very integral role forward. I think there’s some need for every level of government to look at all of these needs collectively.
Hospice Peterborough has never run a deficit in its 29 years. Last year Hospice served 1700 clients – a quarter of those in the county.
Lockington: The County has always been good with respect to investing and collaborative projects so I’m hopeful they will. In some respects it’s right up their alley and hospice does play a big role in the county.
Council agreed to refer the request to budget deliberations.
Greg Davis CHEX News Peterborough