Come and join us
The North Shore Hospice holds four community events throughout the year. Any related charges are to cover the expenses and each event raises the funds to put on the next one.
At each event we have a raffle and raise money for Christmas gifts for patients (including stocking stuffers) and staff education.
Our first event of the year is our Easter Egg Hunt. In 2011 we hosted the event for the first time, charging $5 for a basket, which children could decorate and then hunt in the Hospice garden for chocolate eggs with the Easter Bunny. The idea behind the event is to create memories for children who have a loved one on the Palliative Program, or who have lost someone close to them at the Hospice. We are also hoping to take away the fear of Hospices and demonstrate that it is a place of happy times, laughter and fun whilst people “live” at the Hospice until the end.
We were delighted at the response in 2011! 75 children bought and decorated a basket and the garden was filled with children playing and laughing. Residents and families of the Hospice talked about that Saturday for a long time. There was a competition for the best basket, and prizes, kindly donated by Thomas Haas, were given to the winners of 2 age groups. The North Shore News was present to record the event. (photos)
The Celtic Ensemble play at our events and the music filters through all the rooms and out into the garden.
Our second event is a Strawberry Cream Tea. In 2011 it was held in July and, despite the weather (rain!), we sold 107 cream teas and hosted 5 craft tables. The Hospice Chef and Marquise (our hotel service provider) baked the scones on the day and the smell was simply delightful! The strawberry tea idea is to celebrate families and caregivers in our community.
Our third event occurs around the date of the official opening of the Hospice, which coincidently is also around Thanksgiving time. This particularly special event is our “Butterfly Event“, recognising and celebrating the residents who spent their last days or weeks at North Shore Hospice. It is a thanksgiving event to the people of the North Shore who raised the funds to enable us to have this amazing place in our community. Families and friends of the clients are asked to come and take a personalised butterfly home with them as a memento. In the first year of operating we had 151 butterflies.
We also host a craft room for children to decorate butterfly masks, butterfly fridge magnets and colouring whilst members of the community tour the Hospice.
The fourth and final event takes place in December. At this event we celebrate our volunteers who provide such amazing support for our patients’, their families and the Palliative Care team. We have a christmas tea for residents and their families and friends around the tree, and together we put up the final decorations for the holiday season. The community is invited to sing carols and join in the celebrations.
Dates for all the events will be announced on the website and on posters within Lions Gate Hospital. We welcome your support.
Thank you to all our sponsors
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Thomas Haas – North Vancouver
Edgemont Village retailers
Whole foods, West Vancouver
Save On Foods
North Shore Celtic Ensemble
North shore Ski and Board
North Shore News