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Volunteering your time for love

The Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Tree appeal is a way of supporting those who need help over the festive season while acknowledging those that hold a special place in our hearts.

The team at Waipuna Hospice see patients who have no or limited family support during the most difficult moments of their lives.

Whatever the reason, the Waipuna Hospice team spend quality time with every patient providing comfort and support. This continues over the festive season.

There are many small acts or gestures families can do to gain some quality moments together. Simply telling family stories and looking at photos can provoke many cherished memories.

Another activity could be leaving messages. The Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Tree appeal is an opportunity to write a special message to those that are with us, and those we may have lost and will not be sharing Christmas with this year. In recognition of the people that hold a very special place in our hearts, the appeal is an opportunity to share your thoughts and messages with them. Be sure to make a small donation in exchange for a card to write your message to the person you are thinking of. Please give generously, as your donation will go towards helping Waipuna Hospice care for patients and their families during the festive season.

Volunteering with family or friends is a great way to spend a few hours together sharing the Christmas spirit. The significance of quality time is important for creating bonds and strengthening family ties. It has been proven that those families who enjoy group activities develop stronger relationships and handle stressful situations with ease.

Stronger bonds are created with each other through volunteering, as it involves teamwork and communication. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer.

Waipuna Hospice are looking for volunteers to be a friendly face and help people write a special message to someone they love, to place on the Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Trees. There are more than 50 trees, located in Bureta, Bayfair, Bethlehem, Brookfield, Greerton, Katikati, Mount Maunganui, Omokoroa, Papamoa, Pyes Pa, Tauranga CBD, Te Puke, Te Puna, and The Lakes.

For more information and to register to help, visit: www.waipunahospice.org.nz/trees or contact Christine on: 07 552 6892 or email: events@waipunahospice.org.nz

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