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A record-breaking $776,607 has been donated to hospice services throughout New Zealand following the Christmas fundraising campaign supported by all Farmers Departments stores.  This is the fifth year that Farmers has supported Hospice, donating nearly $3.5 million to help keep services free of charge.

Once again Farmers customers and staff were fully behind the campaign – purchasing the limited edition bauble and making donations to the Tree of Remembrance.  100% of all funds donated in each store remain in the local community, helping to ensure that hospice care remains free of charge for people with life-limiting conditions, and support for their families and whanau.

Arohanui Hospice chief executive officer Clare Randall said the donation of $32,214 for Arohanui Hospice will contribute to the charitable organisation’s essential fundraising to ensure that anyone living in Manawatu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Horowhenua or Otaki who needs specialist palliative care has access to that care, free-of-charge and that meets their needs, irrespective of their condition or care setting.

“Not only did the team at Farmers embrace raising funds for our hospice, they also worked as ambassadors for our services, helping the community to better understand the work we do. The awareness raising that comes from being involved with Farmers is invaluable. The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and customers of the Palmerston North and Levin stores has contributed to this amazing result.  Thank you so much,” Ms Randall said.

Hospice NZ chief executive officer Mary Schumacher said: “The support we receive from Farmers is incredible.  For five years now the entire Farmers team has embraced supporting hospice at Christmas and alongside their customers continue to make a real difference to people using hospice services throughout New Zealand.  It is humbling to be the beneficiary of such generosity and kindness.”

Farmers acting chief executive and chief financial officer Michael Power said: “The delivery of a national store-wide approach to our charity campaigns helps build a meaningful opportunity to connect with the community, as our staff work in unison toward a common goal. At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff and our business.  It’s heart-warming to know the positive difference it will make in our communities.”

Every cent counts: Farmers Palmerston North store manager Kevin Crawford and Arohanui Hospice chief executive Clare Randall, foreground, together with Farmers staff celebrating the $32,214 raised for Arohanui Hospice following the Christmas fundraising campaign.

About Arohanui Hospice

Arohanui Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care to people with life-limiting illnesses, and support for their families/whanau.  The 24-hour, seven day per week service is free-of-charge.

The Hospice serves a population of around 200,000 people, covering Palmerston North City, the Manawatu, Tararua, Rangitikei and Horowhenua districts, and also Otaki.

Arohanui Hospice has approximately 220 patients in its care at any one time. In the 2017/18 year, more than 1000 patients were cared for, with two-thirds cared for entirely in their own home or aged-care residence in the community.  One third had a stay in the hospice’s 10-bed inpatient unit in Palmerston North.

The hospice is partially-funded by the government via MidCentral DHB and Whanganui DHB.  However, to ensure that services remain free of charge, it needs to fundraise 44% of its operational funding.  The amount needing to be raised this financial year is $2.82 million, which works out to just over $54,000 every week.

Arohanui Hospice’s vision is to ensure that people with life-limiting conditions gain the most from life, and that they live well and die well  -  with peace, dignity and comfort  -  irrespective of their condition or care setting.


About Hospice

Each year, New Zealand hospice services provide care and support for more than 18,000 people and their families and carers, either before or after the death of their loved one.

Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a building – most people are cared for in the community.

The concept of care encompasses the whole person – not just their physical needs, but their emotional, spiritual, and social needs as well.  This care extends beyond the person who is unwell to also include their family. Support is available both before and after a death.

Irrespective of where a person lives, this philosophy of care does not change and everything provided is free of charge. Whilst free to people using hospice services, it does cost a lot to provide. Every year hospice services cost almost $100 million nationally.

As an essential health service provider, hospice services receive the majority of funding from the Government; but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall – each year hospice services need to fundraise more than $45 million nationally.


About Farmers

As the country’s foremost department store, The Farmers Trading Company has been outfitting New Zealand women, their families and their homes for more than 100 years.

First established by Robert Laidlaw as a catalogue mail order company in 1909, Farmers is now a thriving, modern department store and New Zealand’s leading fashion and home retailer – combining quality and value with an ever-increasing selection of the best local and international brands.

Proudly New Zealand owned, Farmers operates 58 department stores in rural and city locations around the country, providing shoppers with a wide range of women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, health & beauty, homewares, Manchester, appliances, electronics and furniture.


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