Volunteering for the Hospice

Crombie Lockwood Tauranga branch volunteers help the Hospice with their remembrance day.

Crombie Lockwood Tauranga has long been a supporter and sponsor of Waipuna Hospice. The Hospice provides specialist medical services, nursing care and support to people living with an illness for which cure is no longer an option.

Once a year they hold a remembrance service that is open to family and friends of those that have passed to remember and reflect. This year Karin Deed, Amanda Fryer, Linda Strydon, Steve Dobbs, Suzie Weir, Sandra Bryant and her husband Graham provided assistance in the kitchen making sandwiches, filling several hundred helium balloons for the ceremonial release, ushering and carpark attendant services. An e-mail from the coordinator at the hospice is below:

To the team at Crombie Lockwood,

Thanks so much for your help with the preparations for our remembrance service yesterday. It was an awesome effort and we couldn't have done it without you. Our remembrance service was lovely- the result of a combined effort. I know the faulty gas cylinder was a pain but thanks Suzie and Steve for your perseverance and patience and please know that the releasing of the balloons is a very poignant moment for everyone but especially for people who are recently bereaved. The fab sandwiches went down a treat at supper. We nearly lost a few sammies when a wheel came off one of the trolleys but I can assure you the recovery effort was swift and complete! Special thanks to Sandra and Graham for coming down out of work hours to assist with the traffic control. Sorry you missed the photo shoot! Enjoy the rest of the week.

Regards Elizabeth
Waipuna Hospice

The feeling of worth the whole team gets from our relationship with the hospice is humbling. We never struggle to have volunteers put their hand up for this, our regular washing of the hospice building, concert ushering services, manual labour in the hospice shops and the numerous other events they require assistance on throughout the year.

Go team, you rock!

Brett Down, Tauranga Branch Director.