Once again, as I read the paper last week, I was proud to be from Chatham-Kent. If you read the local news, you will always find an article about a successful fundraisers, individual gifts or Company Donations to one or more Charities. There are so many great causes these days and congratulation to Chatham-Kent residents for their generous hearts.
The end of April marked the second Anniversary of the Chatham-Kent Hospice. We are so fortunate to have such a facility in our community and thanks to the efforts of so many, they have cared for more than 425 families across the municipality since their opeining. Coinciding with the Anniversary, there was a Fundraising Hike, the second Annual Event, held at Mud Creek Trail in Chatham which raised more than $60,000. Over 400 people were present to support the day and Jodi Maroney, Chatham-Kent Hospice 's Executive Director, thanked the community for its support.
Hospices are not only for the terminally ill but also for the living, those loved ones who are there daily and are so grateful for the many benefits of a hospice facility. The facility provides comfort, support, and pain management, which is very important to those facing that ultimate challenge at the end of their lives.This home-like setting is a welcome place for those in need to celebrate living not death with family and friends and receive the personalized care they need. Sadly, many of us have been touched in some way by this kind of situation and can appreciate the enormous contribution this facility has made to our Community.
Congratulation on all the great loving work the staff and volunteers provide at the Hospice.