It was a welcomed cup of tea for MP Sandy Bolton and Carole Raye, chairperson of Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, to celebrate the recommencement of their 24/7 service and new funding partnership.
The accredited End of Life service based in Doonan had temporarily suspended this service in July, pending the outcome of funding negotiations with the State Government.
The three-bed facility, set on three acres of beautiful gardens, provides guests, their friends and families a ‘home away from home’, supported through the work of a team of volunteers on site and in the op shops.
“We are ecstatic that we will be recommencing services and thank Sandy for her tireless work,” Ms Raye said. “Getting the ear of government amongst many other competing demands is not easy. Passion and perseverance by Sandy and our hospice team has led to this outcome”.
Ms Bolton said she was thrilled with the announcement, and praised Carole, John and the Katie Rose team for staying focused through the challenges.
“The journey over the past two years has included going through a long accreditation process to be eligible for this funding, and I thank and congratulate everyone who contributed to this fabulous news”
Ms Bolton also thanked the Minister for Health, Steven Miles, and the Department, who had committed to working with KRCH long term, to ensure that best practice end of life care was available to all residing on the Sunshine Coast, and further afield.
“This includes the wonderful support and counselling Katie Rose provides to family and friends, as well a new outreach service for those who wish to remain at home. There is also a fourth bedroom underway, assisted by a grant from State, sponsorship and fundraising. A top community effort, and one for all to be very proud of” she said.