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Getting to Know Members of Our Palliative Care Team

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In honour of National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 1-7), the Cape Breton Post is recognizing members of our local palliative care team in Getting to Know features throughout the month of May.

April 29: Features Laurie Mortimer who is clinical nurse lead for the palliative care program and has been involved with the Hospice Palliative Care Society for eight years. Click here to see article.

Day 1 of Sunflower Treasures: Success!

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Wow, what a successful day at Sunflower Treasures! Items were flying off the shelves. A BIG thank you goes out to those who donated pre-loved items to make today possible, and to the shoppers who stopped in to find some treasures.

From purses, to antique dishes, to beautiful sterling silver jewellery, there were tons of beautiful items to be found.

We open again tomorrow morning, April 30, at 10 a.m.

Donations Wanted for Pop Up Shop in Support of Hospice Palliative Care

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A group of enthusiastic community volunteers are hosting a pop up shop later this month in support of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. Sunflower Treasures, the pop up shop, will sell pre-loved items looking for a new home.

The group is looking for pre-loved possessions such as vintage jewellery, purses, scarves and accessories; china, pottery, distinctive décor items; books, games, pieces of art; picture frames, needlework, fabric, yarn and other such articles that could be donated to a good cause for a good purpose.  (No clothing please.) Donations will be accepted at 291 Esplanade from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on April 14, 15 & 16 and April 21, 22 & 23.

Committee Chair Cheryl Read notes that “Every household has treasures that we love but no longer need or use. We are hoping the community will bring them to us. Sunflower Treasures will provide an opportunity for these items to find new homes where they will be loved and used again and at the same time contributing to the unique needs of patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses.”

The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County supports the local Palliative Care Service by offering numerous comfort and care programs to palliative care patients and their families. Recently, the Society has turned its focus to a much needed hospice residence.

Sunflower Treasures, a pop up shop in support of Hospice Cape Breton, will open its doors (291 Esplanade) from April 29 to May 1. Cash only; all unsold items will be donated to charity.

Burger Week 2015

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From October 31 to November 7, 2015, taste buds in the CBRM were delighted by specialty burgers created by 18 restaurants, all in support of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

During the week, each restaurant donated a portion or all of the proceeds from each Burger Week burger sold to the Society.

Thanks to the participating restaurants and hungry Cape Bretoners, more than $10,000 was raised in support of palliative care patients and their families.

“At Casino Nova Scotia, we are very proud to be given the opportunity to participate 
in the annual Burger Week fundraiser to support the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. Our Mantra is Proud of our Business, People and our Community. We were very pleased with this year’s results, and again we donated 100% of the selling price. We are proud to report we sold 264 burgers for a total donation of $3,429.36.
 A highlight for our team was the day we had 40 burgers ordered for takeout – our employees had a blast taking care of this order.”

Greg MacPherson, Food & Beverage Manager, Casino Nova Scotia

Sunflower Treasures – a Pop up Shop in support of Hospice Palliative Care – Donations Wanted

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Donations Wanted

Every household has its items that hold a place in our heart but no longer have a place in our home. They are the pre-loved possessions such as vintage jewellery, purses or accessories; china, pottery, distinctive décor items; books, pieces of art; needlework, fabric, yarn and other such articles that could be donated to a good cause for a good purpose. Your donations will become sales items for the three-day Sunflower Treasures Pop Up Shop.  Proceeds will support the many comfort and care items needed for palliative care patients and their families.

Your donations of pre-loved items that will become someone’s treasures can be brought to:

291 Esplanade, Sydney

Noon – 6 pm daily  

April 14, 15 and 16

April 21, 22 and 23

Visit our Sunflower Treasures page to learn more about the variety of pre-loved pieces and items that would be welcomed and available for sale in the Sunflower Treasures Pop Up Shop. (No clothing accepted)

Halloween Treats at Northside General

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On Monday, October 26,  Northside Volunteers treated palliative care patients to a Halloween treat, but no tricks!

Although the patients are going through a very difficult time in their life’s journey, we try to bring some normality to what is at its best a very difficult time for most of them. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers we were able to treat quite a few patients who share 4 West ( Northside General Hospital)  with our palliative care patients. We had three kinds of tea buns; raisin, cheddar and plain. Lots of cheese , jams and cookies. And of course, tea and other refreshments – all made by our volunteers. It’s such a joy to see the smiles on the patients’ faces. We give them a small  Halloween pumpkin as well.

I think there is a little child in all of us who remembers Halloweens past. Along with a few hugs and laughs we made a difference, for now.  From all the gang on the Northside Hospice team, It was our pleasure.

-Bruce Tizzard
Northside Volunteer

CANADIAN GIRLS IN TRAINING

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In June of this year the Canadian Girls In Training (CGIT) celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Following the celebration, the organizing committee made a donation to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County to go toward the Society’s Hospice Residence Project.

 

 

Burger Week is Back

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Burger Week is back again this year with a total of 18 restaurants participating from Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford and North Sydney. From October 31 to November 7, each participating restaurant will offer a special Burger Week burger with a portion of each Burger Week burger sold going to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, to help support palliative care patients and their families.

New this year, burger lovers will have an opportunity to vote online for their favourite burger creation.

Check out the complete Burger Week listing and start planning your Burger Week adventure now.

Burger Week Being Served up in the CBRM

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The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County is teaming up with local restaurants to bring Burger Week to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. From October 31 to November 7, participating restaurants will feature a special Burger Week burger, with a portion of the sales from each burger sold during the week going toward the Hospice Palliative Care Society. 

A total of 16 restaurants are participating, with many creating special burgers for the fundraiser while others have chosen delicious burgers that are already on their menus.  The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County provides comfort and compassionate care to individuals and their loved ones living with life-threatening illnesses.  This includes everything from music therapy to home support items and meeting many special personal needs that enhance patients' quality of life.

“We are so very pleased with the level of support we've received from local restaurants for our Burger Week fundraiser,” says Patricia Jackson, Co-chair, Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. “We are grateful for the involvement of participating returns and hope that the community will take advantage of a wide range of burger choices knowing that they are contributing to the needs of patients who face highly challenging health and family situations.”

Jackson adds that, “The participating restaurants have brought great imagination to their Burger Week creations. I think people are going to have a hard time choosing which burger to eat – luckily Burger Week is seven days so they can sample more than one throughout the week. I encourage everyone to get out and get eating in support of an important community organization.”

For more than 25 years, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County has been assisting the Cape Breton District Health Authority Palliative Care Service meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families through the provision of volunteer support, staff education, comfort and care support items, the Music Therapy program, the Family Assistance Fund and bereavement support. Currently, the Society is focusing its efforts on plans for a much need stand along Residential Hospice for the Cape Breton community.

This is the first year for the Society's Burger Week fundraiser and it is expected that it will be an annual event, with plans for it to grow each year.  The following restaurants are participating in the 2014 Burger Week.

Kiju's Restaurant
All Star Grille, Casino Nova Scotia
Saltspray Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront
Ziggy's Pub
The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
Flavor Restaurants
Island Greek Donair
The Olive Tree Bistro
Governor's Pub and Eatery
Reilly's Lounge Hearthstone Inn
The Steel City Sports Bar
Trio Cambridge Suites
Mickey D's Subs & Stuff
Rack and Roll
Bette's Kitchen
Jane's Restaurant & Pizzeria

A full list of the burger creations is available at www.hospicecapebreton.org/burgerweek. People can share their Burger Week adventure online by using #burgerweekcb.