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Friday, May 4, 2018

Hike For Hospice Events Planned For Sunday.

Regional | by Travis Jackson  

The fundraising hikes are in various locations in Grey Bruce.

File photo of Chapman House Grand Opening 

The 2018 Grey Bruce Hike for Hospice will take place all around Grey & Bruce counties this Sunday. (May 6th, 2018)

People are coming together in order to raise funds and awareness for hospice palliative care programs and services.

100% of the funds raised in our community help benefit Chapman House, our local hospice. 

The hospice palliative care services provided by Chapman House are at least 50% funded by charitable donations which make this annual fundraiser a key component to ensuring the future of our community hospices.

Chapman House is a community-owned, community-operated facility that operates in a space which was built for the care they provide.

Their service is free to all patients and their families, because they believe a person’s financial condition should not determine whether they have access to specialized end-of-life care.

Their residential hospice is staffed with professionals of many disciplines - 24 hours per day,7 days a week. 

The average daily cost per bed of $600 is less than half the cost of a hospital bed in Ontario. Residential Hospice Grey Bruce opened its doors in 2013 and moved into its permanent home Chapman House in 2017. 

Since 2013 dignified end-of-life comfort care has been offered to over 500 residents and their families.

Although the Province of Ontario fully supports the palliative care Chapman House provides,funding is only provided for nursing and personal support worker staffing.  

This means all other aspects of the operation such as patient meals, medical equipment and the comfort of the rooms are only possible through donation.

Each year they rely heavily on our community to help cover these costs and make ends meet.

Find a Hike for Hospice location near you listed below:


Owen Sound - Harrison Park Pavilion, 75 2nd Avenue East

Owen Sound Community Captain:

Jane Weber 519-379-0063


Meaford - Harbour Pavilion, 3 St. Vincent Street

Meaford Community Captains:

Wes Sparling 519-538-3196

Holly Richardson 705-441-0346


Town Of The Blue Mountains - Thornbury Town Offices, 32 Mill Street

Town Of The Blue Mountains Community Captains:

Neil Thain 416-998-5558

Katie Thain 705-812-0627


Markdale - Grey Gables, 206 Toronto St.

Markdale Community Captain:

Gay Wieringa 519-986-2616


Durham - Durham Town Hall, 185 George Street

Durham Community Captains:

Claire McEachern 416-454-7528

Arelene McNaughton 519-369-1555

Darlene Doherty 519-369-2889


Hanover - Pavillion Park, 742 7th Avenue, Hanover

Community Captains:

Hanover: Sandra Schreinert 519-364-5677

Chesley: Brenda Gordon-Ginter 519-363-0029

Elmwood: Grace Osterndorff 519-506-1669

Neustadt: Don & Mary Zettler 519-799-5773

Ayton: Wayne Pfeffer 519-665-7756


Brockton - Agricultural Society Building #2, 206 Durham St. Walkerton

Brockton Community Captains:

Laurelyn Nielsen 519-901-0679

Ken Brown 519-881-5518


Saugeen Shores - Port Elgin Pavillion-Main Beach, 100 Green Street

Saugeen Shores Community Captains:

Norm Smits 226-435-6676

Brenda Vanderploeg 519-797-5067


Hiker Check-In begins at 1pm at all locations

Families, individuals, teams, or co-workers can sign up to participate. Officials say that more participants are always needed.

Get more information at www.greybrucehospice.com.


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