Tasman Leader : February 27th 2014
THE TASMAN LEADER, FEBRUARY 27, 2014 15 PO Box 283, Nelson 7040 | Phone 03 546 3910 | 8.00am-4.30pm (Mon- Fri) For the love of Terry Today would have been Terry O’Donnell’s 63rd birthday. His family still mark his birthday, just as they mark his death from cancer every October with a fun charity golf tournament to raise funds for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. Terry, an avid golfer, was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer in 2003, passing away on October 11 2009. During his last year especially,Terry spent a lot of time in and out of the hospice, as did his closest family members … visiting him, taking time out for respite care and seeking advice. Wanting to give something back to hospice when Terry died, his wife Allison – also a keen golfer – decided to start an annual fundraising golf tournament in his memory.That was four years ago, and since then Terry’s Tourney has raised between $7000 and $8000 for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. “When Terry died we were financially not able to make a donation to Hospice so instead I started the charity golf tournament,” says Allison. “All of the money from the entry fees - $10 per person - plus raffles and money from “novelty” holes goes to Hospice.We are lucky that all our prizes are sponsored.” Hospice played such an important part in the family’s life, especially towards the end of Terry’s life, that Allison and other family members want to do as much as they can to help Hospice help others. “They are such caring, lovely people. In the week before Terry died we had up to 20 visitors (family) there at various times and some even slept there overnight with him. Nothing was too much trouble; it was lovely.” Golf was an important part of their lives so she feels it is appropriate to honour his memory and help those who helped him with a tourney.Their sons Russell and Tony both play in the tourney along with Terry’s sisters, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews plus other supporters. Allison, office administrator at the Nelson Golf Club, and a long term committee member there too, is already planning the 5th Terry’s Tourney to be held on October 19th this year.“It is purely a fun tournament; we have novelty holes for which there are extra fees to play. One year we had a concrete truck and players had to hit their ball into the mixer hole.There are also prizes for nearest the pin, the longest drive and the straightest drive, not to mention raffles for Allison’s scrummy Christmas cakes. And it is all for the good of Hospice. “None of us know when we might need it, but it is such a caring fabulous place,” explains Allison. “Hospice is not just for the person who is sick; it offers respite care and great back-up support for families. Bedding, chairs too… lots of things to help make life easier.We were able to ring them if we weren’t sure about things, any time day or night.” The O’Donnell family also found the support after Terry’s death invaluable.“Kindly hints about things we should consider doing, phone calls to see if we needed help.We can’t speak highly enough of the staff and Hospice.” A word from our chairman The year 2014 is already two months old and Nelson Tasman Hospice has had a very busy time.The Hospice provides a 24/7 specialist palliative care service to 133 patients (as at end Jan 2014) throughout the Nelson Tasman Region. Unfortunately, we expect those patient numbers to increase as our region’s population gets older.To ensure that our patients get the best possible care we have in place an excellent team of medical staff backed up with our own chaplain, bereavement counsellor and social worker who all look after patients and provide support to family and friends. I mentioned that we expect our patient numbers to increase.This will mean that the way we provide our service will need to change. However, we will continue to provide the excellent patient care and support that we have become known for, as we go forward.With that in mind we have started to work on a 10 year strategic plan that will look at all aspects of our service from our in-patient unit and our community based services throughout the Nelson Tasman Region. In addition, we will ensure that we have staff that are highly trained and equipped to deliver that service, not just to patients and their families, but to other health care professionals who need our advice, support and training. For many years we have had fantastic support from the Nelson/Tasman community, without which we could not provide the service that we do. Therefore, we thank you all and in particularly all those that have contributed as volunteers at the Hospice; made personal donations and, as organisations, have donated time and money to our worthy community service. Finally, we look forward to working with and for you and “To Care Always”. - John Peters Chairman New trustee relishing his role Nelson’s former mayor Aldo Miccio is the newest member of the Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust Board.Well-versed in governance in community roles,Aldo didn’t hesitate to accept the position late last year, already being a keen supporter of the Nelson Tasman Region Hospice. “I’ve been involved with Hospice for some years now through my former roles as a Nelson City Council and Mayor of Nelson, helping to initiate/ facilitate fundraising and other events. Aldo Miccio “I’m proud to be associated with the Hospice. It has such a great reputation for the quality of care it delivers and plays such a vital role in the community.” Aldo is a passionate Hospice supporter.“Hospice touches so many people; it’s a part of the life cycle.” He emphasis that while the Hospice only has 10 beds, it has a far wider community reach through specifi c 5857162AA programmes that have hospice staff actively working with between 100 to 150 patients and families throughout the region.“The staff members are amazing; they deliver care to so many people and touch so many lives.They give their everything to help families dealing with significant issues; it’s more than just patient care.” He’s also full of praise for the army of volunteers who help with Hospice events, activities and fundraising.“Hospice is such a fantastic organisation. It plays a vitally important role in the community, and is such a credit to those who founded the organisation nearly 30 years ago. “The public appreciates the role of Hospice and the place it holds in the community, and so do I. It is great to be associated with it and to see so many Nelsonians giving their time and money to support Hospice.” From left, Terry’s sons Tony and Russell on either side of Allison, with Bill Rooney Michele Reardon, Brian Oldridge and Steve Yates at a previous charity tourney. CONTACTS Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust PO Box 283, Nelson 7040 Ph: 03 546 3910 Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm Eden Villa (Administration Department) 46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7040 Ph: 03 546 3910 Fax: 03 545 6695 Trust Office and Gallery (Finance Department) 23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 3923 Fax: 03 546 3913 Fundraising and Marketing 23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 7254 Community Palliative Care Services 46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 3910 (ext 2) Fax: 03 546 3911 Hospice Inpatient Unit 40 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 3950 Fax: 03 546 3951 Hospice Shops Manager 03 543 7017 or 021 294 4395 For more Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust information visit our new website: www.nelsonhospice.org.nz To care always g. - Atawhaihia, Manaakihia Mo Ake Tonu www.nelsonhospice.org.nz Terry O’Donnell Allison O’Donnell with Terry’s Trophy. While ill, Terry regularly set up surprise “pieces of art” near his favourite tee, using brightly coloured pavers. One of those now graces the tourney trophy, complete with all his favourite colours.
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