Hospice Celebrates 15 Years Of Free Palliative Care

With a Birthday Fundraiser – 15 for 15 up and running in the hope to raise $15,000 by July 31st. The Team at the Toowoomba Hospice will be celebrating on Monday 2nd July with the cutting of a special 15th Birthday cake being made by one of their Volunteers.

Hospice Chairman Mr Graham Barron, OAM, said the team at the Toowoomba Hospice were excited about celebrating the Toowoomba Hospice’s 15th Birthday on the 1st of July. “We will be cutting a 15 cake on Monday 2nd July to celebrate this wonderful milestone of providing free palliative care to our community”

Graham Barron and Hospice founder, the late Sr Frances Flint cutting the 8th Birthday Cake

Mr Barron, who has been a Volunteer with the Toowoomba Hospice himself for over 21 years, expressed his admiration for the achievements of staff, volunteers and supporters especially in the last 15 years, who have helped in providing professional palliative care service to the local community in a beautiful and peaceful home like environment.

“Toowoomba Hospice’s vision is to provide palliative care based on mutual respect, trust and individual needs, and I am proud to say that we do this very successfully with the support and commitment of our wonderful Staff and Volunteers” Said Mr Barron

Hospice Director of Nursing Mrs Allison Leech said Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness. “At the Toowoomba Hospice we have a duty of care to provide the best care to reduce distress and pain. Palliative Care seeks to make the body comfortable enough to get on with the real business of living and dying. In the words of Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, who would have been 100 this year: ‘You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die’.”

Cutting the 15th Birthday cake (l to r) volunteer Richard, Allison Leech Director of Nursing, Hospice chairman Graham Barron, volunteer and cake baker Barb Bissett, (back) Sharene Gosley, Volunteer Coordinator and Administration and Fundraising Manager, Mark Munro  

Mr Barron said the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Community should be proud of the Toowoomba Hospice, having provided their quality palliative care service to over 1,300 clients, as well as emotional and spiritual support to their families and friends. “I want thank all the staff, volunteers, donors and community supporters who have made our Hospice the success it is today.”

A closeup of cutting Barb Bissett’s tasty cake







Mark Munro

Promotions and Fundraising Manager
Toowoomba Hospice
PO Box 6463
Clifford Gardens Qld 4350
Ph: 07 46598500 Fax: 07 46598511

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