Creating a space “where life is lived” and the setting is home-like, Ed’s House strives to make hospice care a tranquil experience for Northumberland County residents and their family members.
To provide care and comfort at no cost, the Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre Foundation is calling on community members to take part in an upcoming fundraiser to support Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre, located at 1301 Ontario St. in Cobourg.
Community Care Northumberland (CCN) and the foundation are gearing up for “Handbags for Hospice,” an annual event that directly helps support patients and their loved ones staying at Ed’s House.
The 2024 installment of Handbags for Hospice is on Thursday, April 4th at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre.
“The event raises much-needed money for the operation of our six-bed hospice residence,” said Trish Baird, CEO of CCN.
“The provincial government does support a portion of the operating costs of hospices, but the Ed’s House foundation must raise 46 per cent of our annual operating budget from the community through donations, grants, and fundraising activities such as this. This translates into needing community support of over $4,750 for each individual who stays at Ed’s House,” she noted.
The fifth annual Handbags for Hospice event features handbags, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Guests can extend their support by participating in raffles, making direct donations and/or by purchasing purses and other items.
“Ed’s House is available to all residents and their families at no cost,” Baird noted. “They experience a quiet, home-like environment in a lovely private suite for the time of their stay.”
Residents, relatives and friends have access to all amenities at Ed’s House including a dining room, living room, quiet space, spiritual room, a kitchen and an outdoor space, along with shower and laundry facilities. Loved ones who wish to do so can stay overnight in their family member’s room.
“Money raised from this event supports the operation of all of these amenities to help us provide care and support for families in Northumberland County,” Baird explained.
Dollars raised also support hospice service programs, including the palliative care community team and visiting hospice, in partnership with 24/7 end-of-life care at Ed’s House.
Tickets for the event are $100 each and will be available to purchase starting on Feb. 4, 2024.
“Save the date, mark your calendars, and be part of the magic as Handbags for Hospice returns,” CCN noted. “Stay tuned for ticket details and get ready for an evening of glamour, generosity, and community spirit.”
For information about sponsoring the event or making a donation, contact the donor relations office at 905-885-0466.