In fantastic news for the rural community, Keith & District Hospital patients and families will have access to a dedicated palliative care space thanks to a generous $60,000 donation from the Mary Potter Foundation.
The Foundation, which has been supporting palliative care for patients and their families since 1988, will raise the funds through its annual ‘Chip in for Mary Potter’ Golf Day this Friday, October 21st.
The donation will see rooms at the regional hospital fitted out specifically to support palliative care – including a complete refurbishment and upgrade to a patient room including access to a new outdoor area, upgrades to a family lounge and kitchenette and a room for families to stay overnight.
Chair of the Golf Day Committee and Mary Potter Foundation Patron Jenny Hurley said this year’s fundraising effort would go a long way to supporting those in regional areas.
“Over the past four years the golf day has made possible some amazing transformations of palliative care spaces in Adelaide – specifically at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and the Mary Potter Hospice,” she said.
“This year it was important for us to contribute to the palliative care needs of a regional community, and the Keith Hospital was exceptionally grateful for our support.”
The aim of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life when cure is no longer an option – not only for the patient but for their family and friends.
The opportunity to be close to home and to be able to stay with loved ones can be so important in the final weeks and days of life.
That’s why a local palliative care facility was so vital for the Keith region.
“We feel very privileged and excited to be chosen to receive this funding from The Mary Potter Foundation,” said Janet Allen, Chair of the Keith & District Hospital.
“We are grateful to know that patients and families will have a dedicated space to be together in their final days.”
It’s the fifth year the ‘Chip in for Mary Potter’ Golf Day has been run by The Mary Potter Foundation – with $376,076 raised to date.
Along with the funds going to Keith, the Mary Potter Hospice will also benefit with funds to support care given to patients and families locally.
“After visiting some regional hospitals, we feel very fortunate to have the facilities we have available here at Calvary and Mary Potter Hospice,” said Cathy Murphy, Executive Director of The Mary Potter Foundation.
To take part, registrations are still being taken today:
Grange Golf Course
21 October 2016
8.00am tee off followed by lunch
18 holes of golf complete with on-course catering and golf carts provided for all teams
Details can be found via the Mary Potter website