It’s Strawberry Time Again!

Our services are free thanks to the generosity of the people in our community who make donations and bequests to help meet costs. Mary Potter Hospice website

Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival 2014

By Roger Childs

Strawberries and ice cream is something we associate with summer. There has been some summery weather in recent weeks and with the temperature range for Saturday likely to be 15º- 18º C, the timing is good for the annual strawberry festival.

MPH Strawberries~ Saturday 22 November 2014

~ MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach

~ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

~ No admission charge

~ Strawberries and ice cream for $5

The main purpose of the festival is to raise money for the local Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu. Last year the beautiful summer day brought our people in their thousands. Over $20,000 was raised and the 70-100 volunteers helping on the day are keen to see takings increase this year.

A fun time guaranteed!

MPH strawberry festival entertainmentThere is plenty of entertainment, food, goods for sale, and activities for kids.

~ face painting, bouncy castles, bumper balls and cup cake decorating

~ stalls selling strawberries and ice cream of course, cup cakes, ethnic food, jewellery, clothing, cosmetics and homeware

~ Kapiti Pipe Band, Raumati Beach Glee Club Singers, Kapiti Gym Cheer Team

~ Crow’s Feet Dance Collective and the AJ Crawshaw Band.

(See the Kapiti News page 29 for the timing of the entertainment.)

Making the Most of Life

This is the vision of the Mary Potter Hospice. Essentially the hospice seeks to provide the best quality specialist care we can for people living with a terminal illness, and support for their families.  Our care acknowledges the uniqueness of each person and we work in partnership to meet patient and family needs.

The services are free to all patients and caregivers and there are three units in the Greater Wellington area:

  • Inpatients Unit in Wellington
  • Palliative Care base in Porirua
  • Day facility in Paraparaumu

The day programme in Kapiti

The facility in Paraparaumu was set up in 1996 and is designed for the use of people from Pekapeka to Paekakariki. On Tuesdays and Thursdays patients can spend time at the Warrimoo Street unit in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Activities include

MPH~ art and craft work

~ board games, cards, crosswords and word games

~ quizzes, demonstrations and music

~  relaxation and energy management

~ visits to gardens, homes and other places of interest.

An army of volunteers is involved in transporting people to and from the unit, cooking delicious lunches, and helping Linda Miller with the activities programme.

Patients on the ride home always comment on having had a great time and the fabulous lunch!

Support this great cause with strawberries and a fun time!

strawberries and ice creamThe Hospice needs public support so that their services can remain free to people in the Kapiti community. You can help.

Get along to MacLean Park in Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday to help raise funds for this great local facility.

Eating strawberries and ice cream and other food is a very pleasant way to support the Mary Potter Hospice, and there is plenty of fun and entertainment on the day for all the family.