Hospice Southland celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations – a visual book is being put together with local Southland stories – to mark the occasion.
Hospice CEO Andrew Leys said he hoped the book – yet to be titled – would be an archive piece fill of the community’s experiences and memories from those 25 years.
“We are never going to pull together and represent everything that has happened over those years but it will reflect the massive community support and trust that the Southland community has had in Hospice Southland during those years,’’ he said.
Hospice promotions officer Georgia Weaver said the book was an idea she and Day Programme co-ordinator Shirley Smith had and the 25th Anniversary committee supported and backed the idea too.
It will reflect what has happened at Hospice during the past 25 years and feature the animals, including current Hospice care-cat Meg, who have come and gone, as well as glossy photographs and text highlighting how Hospice began, and snippets of information from the first CEO, former and current staff and trust members, and members of the community, including families whom have had dealings with Hospice.
The book will showcase the history by decade – through the years and have a featured timeline.
While the cost of the book to those wanting to purchase it are still being settled, the committee is looking at having it produced with a Southland publishing company, and will be launched at Hospice Southland’s planned 25th Anniversary Dinner being held at Ascot Park Hotel on July 22.
If you would like to contribute to the book and to register your interest in attending the dinner email enquiries to [email protected]