A record-breaking $768,162 was donated to hospice services across the country last week thanks to the remarkable generosity and support of Farmers Department Store customers and staff.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Caring Connections in our Community event gives Farmers’ customers the opportunity to remember someone special to them, and to make a donation or buy a limited-edition bauble in support of the work of hospice.
In Franklin, the community donated $16,767.53 during the campaign. All the funds donated in each store stay in the community, helping the hospice in that area.
Ric Odom, CEO at Franklin Hospice, says the donation will continue to help Franklin Hospice provide free palliative care and support for those with a life-limiting illness and their families. “We can’t thank the team at Farmers enough for the way they have embraced raising funds and awareness for our community’s hospice. Their enthusiasm and commitment alongside the support of the people of Franklin have contributed to this amazing result to support our services. Thank you so much.”
A special mention goes to Bette Eavestaff and Sue Batters from Farmers who were awarded a certificate for outstanding results to the campaign.
Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice NZ, says, “Our heart-felt thanks to everyone who contributed to this extraordinary result. The funds raised will make a real difference for people using hospice services throughout New Zealand. It’s humbling to see the way people come together for this event to remember their loved ones and to ensure their community’s hospice service remains free of charge. We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Farmers for being such wonderful ambassadors for hospice, and to their customers for their generosity and kindness”.
Caption: Farmers staff present a cheque for $16,767.53 to Ric Odom (front right) from Franklin Hospice.