Farmers Richmond is kicking it up a notch this year, with their annual Christmas fundraising drive for the Hospice beginning in mid-November and running all the way through till Christmas eve.

The national campaign, done in partnership with Hospice and Farmers throughout the country sees $10 Christmas Baubles sold over the counter at Farmers. The full $10 for each bauble sold in the area goes directly to the Nelson Tasman Hospice, to ensure that Hospice services remain free of charge for the community.

This year’s campaign is focused on the way the hospice meets cultural and spiritual needs, especially those of Māori and Pasifika culture. This year’s baubles were designed by Māori artist Spencer Bellas. The bauble depicts ngaru, which is te reo Māori for wave and represents the journey of life, with multiple waves moving together as whanau.

The fundraising campaign has already raised $8000 in the Nelson Tasman region, while $193,597 has already been raised nationally. To date, the campaign has raised over $3.4 million for hospice services across the country.

Last year the Richmond and Nelson stores raised a combined $28,823, with all the money raised going directly into Nelson Tasman Hospice. 

Nelson Hospice CEO Frans Dellebeke says “The community involvement has been fantastic.”

“We thought there might have been some donor fatigue after last year, but the community just continues to support us.”

Customers can also write a message of remembrance for a loved one who has passed and hang it on the tree of remembrance at the Nelson and Richmond Farmers stores.

Frans said the organisation was appreciative of the funds raised, which were “much needed to keep us operating”. He said Nelson Tasman Hospice needed to fundraise more than $1 million every year to make up its funding shortfall.

“We’re so grateful that Farmers and their customers get behind campaigns like this – it just shows how supportive they are of hospice services.”

Last year 19,616 people and their families and whanau were supported by the hospice. The annual cost in our region to provide Hospice services is $5.5 million. Around 55% is funded through the District Health Board, with the rest raised through hospice shops, fundraising, events and bequests.

The Baubles are being sold over the counter at Farmers Richmond and Nelson until December 24.

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