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Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, BCA Group and Membertou, Partner on New Hospice Facility

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The announcement was made today, May 9, 2016, that a 10-bed residential hospice facility will be built in Cape Breton.  This will be the result of a community development partnership between the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, BCA Group, and Membertou.

Membertou will provide land for the facility adjacent to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, and BCA Group will raise the money needed for construction of it, through its 2016-2017 community economic development investment fund (CEDIF).The hospice society will be responsible for raising approximately $1 million to furnish and fully equip the facility.

The provincial government has not yet signed on to the project, but the hospice society has submitted a proposal and business plan to Health Minister Leo Glavine and hopes the province will soon commit to funding the facility’s annual operating costs.

For more information view the Cape Breton Post article

Listen to Steve Sutherland’s (CBC Information Morning) interview with Aurelle Landry, Executive Director for the Society, and Nancy Dingwall, co-chair of the Board.  Click here

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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.