In 2007 the community of Putaruru and surrounding districts, strongly recognised the need for a secure, supported living environment for those people living with dementia and other forms of memory loss. Up until now, anyone requiring Level 3 secure care had to leave the local district to receive this care. This move away from their " Home" at Rangiura created a significant amount of upheaval and distress for both the residents and their families alike. Subsquently , in November 2007 the Trust Board made a proposal to the DHB to operate up to 20 beds for people with dementia support needs. This proposal was approved and, in May 2008 a dedicated Fundraising Commttee was formed to help raise $1 million dollars towards this $2.5 million dollar community project.
( Please refer to the Greenhouse Page for more details on this project) .
Many fundraising events have been held over the past three years and support has been extended from every corner of the community, from people of all ages and stages- the committment to this cause has just been overwhelming. We are still striving towards this 1M goal- and despite opening Fern Haven in Dec 2010, we are contuinuing to fundraise to further fund this effort as well as fundraise for other much needed projects and resources- including medical and mobility equipment, building upgrades to the residnet rooms in our main home and, a new computerised nurse call system.
We would love to hear from anyone who can help us with our fundraising goals and we gladly accept donations - no matter how big or small. Alternatively if you have any ideas, contacts, goods to donate- please email our Fundraising Co-ordinator- Sue Dillion - firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Gaye Lamb, our Fundraising Committee Chair , on 07 883-2875 .
Thankyou for your support.