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Cranford’s call for help this Christmas

Cranford’s call for help this Christmas

Cranford Hospice helps people like thirteen-year-old Hayley.

Hayley receives visits from their Music Therapist and is writing a song for her Poppa, who was cared for by them until he died in August. He was like another parent to her. For her 11th birthday he got Hayley a silver bracelet that she engraved with ‘Scooter and Poppa’, the nickname he had called her ever since she was little. She’s never taken it off since.

“The first line of the song is ‘He’s got a heart of gold’, cos he did. He was my cheerleader and now he’s my angel.”

As the end of 2020 arrives, the families they are caring for need their service to manage what is going to be a particularly hard holiday season. Cranford Hospice currently have a shortfall of $40,000 that they need to fundraise to cover the costs of their Family Support Team – giving families support when they need it the most.

After the turbulence of this year, family members are needing more support than ever. For Hayley, being able to have the support of Cranford Hospice has helped her express how she was feeling in a way that was meaningful to her.

“Poppa always told me I had a beautiful voice. He would always make me feel confident. Just listening to what we’ve written so far in the song and the wording, I can just picture him.”

Cranford Hospice Chief Executive Officer Janice Byford-Jones acknowledges that there is no ‘right’ way to grieve or to prepare for the unknown, and that’s why their family support services are there to support families on this journey.

“Our Family Support Team provide individualised support to each person who uses our service. This is only made possible through the generosity of people like you, with half of our funding needing to come from our wonderful community. We need to raise $40,000 to cover the cost of our increasingly essential Family Support Team.”

Your support today will give people access to counselling, carer and bereavement support, occupational therapy, social worker, music therapy and our Kaitakawaenga (support for Māori whānau). Your support will help Hayley and help so many others receive the support they need this Christmas.

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