Evelyn Storm, executive director of the Red Deer Hospice Society. File photo

Red Deer Hospice Society receives $30k grant

Red Deer Hospice Society is expanding its facility, which will allow an additional 100 residents to access the centre each year.

A $30,000 grant from Servus Credit Union will help fund the 15,000-square-foot expansion.

“We are pleased that our partnership with this community-minded organization continues to grow, and we feel fortunate to receive their support,” said hospice executive director Evelyn Storm.

The expansion will better meet the growing and changing needs of central Alberta, the society stated in a news release.

The increased number of beds – from 10 to 16 – will allow more families to die with dignity, compassion and care.

The expansion will also create additional family lounges and quiet areas, two multi-purpose rooms for community programming, including respite and educational opportunities, as well as staff areas for increased work efficiency and safety.

“We’re proud to continue our support of the Red Deer Hospice Society,” says Servus’s Pat Quesnel.

“The hospice has been a valued member of Servus and part of this community since its inception.”

Fundraising for the expansion began last summer, with work continuing to reach the $5.2-million goal.

“We have just celebrated our $1,000,000 mark and expansion donors are being recognized,” said James McPherson, chair of the expansion campaign.

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