A $20,000 donation from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) will go toward the creation of a water feature in the future garden of Holmberg House, an adult hospice set to break ground in January.
The donation was made Friday to the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS), which is currently raising funds for the construction of Holmberg House.
The facility is part of the Campus of Care project – adjacent to Abbotsford Regional Hospital – which also features Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Matthew's House, a respite facility for children with severe disabilities.
The 10-bed Holmberg House will care for patients as young as 19 facing terminal illness. The suites will be large enough to accommodate visiting family and friends.
AHS is currently halfway to its $12 million goal for the project's capital costs.
The water feature consists of a waterfall flowing into a pebble stream surrounded by garden foliage.
"Realtors devote themselves to helping people find the perfect home. Holmberg House will be exactly that," said Scott Olson, FVREB president.
"As the final home for so many special people, we wanted to help make it feel as welcoming and comforting as possible."
AHS executive director Debbie Lehmann thanked the FVREB for its contribution.
"We are absolutely thrilled with this donation and, in particular, the intent behind it … We're sure the water feature will be a favourite place for relaxation and reflection for everyone the hospice serves," she said.
The FVREB serves the communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission. For more information, visit fvreb.bc.ca.
For more details about AHS and Holmberg House, visit abbotsfordhospice.org.