Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising co-ordinator for Red Deer Hospice, and James McPherson, chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet celebrate reaching the $1 million milestone. (Contributed photo)

Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising co-ordinator for Red Deer Hospice, and James McPherson, chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet celebrate reaching the $1 million milestone. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer Hospice Society Expansion Fundraising Campaign hits $1 million mark

The Red Deer Hospice Society is about a fifth of the way to paying for a $5.2-million expansion.

On Wednesday, the group announced it has reached the $1-million mark of its expansion fundraising campaign.

Construction is underway for the growth of the palliative care facility, which will include an additional six beds, enhanced family lounges, quiet areas and multi-purpose rooms for community programming.

“We are very fortunate to have such an engaged and supportive community,” said the society’s James McPherson. “We are on time and on budget.”

The campaign cabinet continues to seek donations and support.

“We still have a ways to go. While we are so proud of the support we have received to date … we know that lots of hard work is still ahead of us,” said McPherson.

The expansion of Red Deer Hospice Society was in response to increasing community demand.

“Typically, we run at over 90 per cent capacity,” said the group’s Val Hilario.

“This expansion will allow us to meet the changing and increasing needs of our community, while still providing quality end-of-life care in a home-like setting.”

The goal is to open the expanded facility in 2019 and serve 100 additional residents and their families each year.

For more information on supporting the hospice, visit www.reddeerhospice.com or call 403-309-4344.



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