Nelson Tasman Hospice fundraising manager Paul McIntyre with former prime minister Sir John Key at the new site for the hospice. Photo: Supplied.

John Key drops in to push hospice fundraising

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Sir John Key dropped in on the Nelson Tasman Hospice last to help raise funds as new figures reveal the organisation’s new home still needs $800,000 to get it over the line.

The total cost of the new facility on Suffolk Rd site in Stoke is $11.5 million, with the hospice contributing $7.5 million. This leaves the hospice needing a further $4 million.

Now, however, it only needs $800,000. “It’s great that we’re getting closer to the new build target – the community has been right behind it,” said fundraising and marketing manager Paul McIntyre.

“Our fundraising efforts are really helped along by the fact that the hospice service gets such positive feedback from patients’ families. But we know there are other worthwhile causes out there too so we’re very grateful for the support.”

Sir John also dropped in to lend his support last week for a small fundraising lunch.

“I have a personal connection to the Nelson hospice, my step mother-in-law passed away at the old facility and she got the best care in the world,” he said. “So it is great to be here to be part of a fundraising facility. “I know it’s something the community will appreciate and will help families in great need for many many decades to come.”

Paul says fundraising will continue after the build target is reached as they need to raise over a $1million each year to cover the operating cost shortfall. Nelson Marlborough Health funds the rest.

Local real estate agents also donated almost $30,000 to the cause last week.

Daryl Marshall of the Real Estate Agent of New Zealand said he was amazed at the level of community involvement in the project, which has been entirely funded by grants and donations.

“Everybody has made this happen,” says Daryl. “The Government hasn’t – it’s our community.”