$50,000 pledged for hospice

The Aldergrove Financial Group has pledged $50,000 to the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS).

Aldergrove Credit Union CEO Gus Hartl presents a $50

Aldergrove Credit Union CEO Gus Hartl presents a $50

The Aldergrove Financial Group has pledged $50,000 to the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS).

The support will go towards the building of Holmberg House, the first adult hospice residence in Abbotsford.

The presentation was made by the Aldergrove Credit Union (ACU) CEO Gus Hartl to Angelo Rea, AHS board chair, and Debbie Lehmann, executive director AHS, at the AHS Resource Centre on Marshall Road.

They were joined by Terry Metcalfe, ACU board vice-chair, Diane Delves, ACU board director, and Marion Keys, AHS capital campaign manager.

“This facility is vital to the community and will house the existing society and a hospice residence for adults 19 years and older suffering from a terminal illness,” said Hartl.

Lehmann responded, “A year and a half ago the society launched a capital campaign to build the first adult hospice residence in Abbotsford. On any journey there are so many that work together to achieve a vision and the campaign continues with $2.5 million still needed to reach the $7.5-million goal.”

In addition to helping those who are living with a terminal or life-threatening illness, AHS provides programs to comfort children, teens and adults on their journey of grief and loss.

Services offered by specially trained volunteers and team members include one-to-one companioning, support groups, family counselling, expressive therapies, music and play for bereaved children and equine facilitated grief support for teens.