Garden club supports new hospice house

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Long Bay Garden Club has fulfilled a $10,000 pledge to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House capital campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County. A patio garden off the Solace Room will be named in its honor.
“Several years ago, Long Bay Garden Club was instrumental in raising funds for Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in New Hanover County, so it was only natural to adopt the SECU Hospice House in Brunswick County as our community project,” said Marilyn Dowless, president of Long Bay Garden Club.
The seven-bed SECU Hospice House, under construction off Old Highway 17 in Bolivia, will serve patients and families of Brunswick County. It will offer medical and respite care in a comfortable, homelike environment. Patients will be admitted for around-the-clock pain and symptom monitoring, for family members to gain caregiving skills or receive rest from caregiving, and if home care is not possible during the last days of life. A summer opening is anticipated.
The capital campaign recently received a $1 million grant from the SECU Foundation that challenges Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter to raise an additional $500,000 to receive the SECU funding. Donations to the Closer to Home Capital Campaign may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or online at www.BrunswickClosertoHome.org. For more information, call Cindy Cheatham at 523-2770.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides professional health care and comfort to people with life-limiting illness and offers hope, support, and education to patients, families, and communities in Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties.