Message from our General Manager

2014 is well underway and with it the usual celebrations, challenges and changes. It's been a great summer and I for one enjoyed once again my dose of sun, weddings, movies and … Northland beaches!

Watching the movie ‘The Book Thief' was a poignant reminder that we all die and there is no telling when and how that will happen and also that life does go on. I attended the wedding of a young friend whose dad had died just before his 5th birthday. In amongst the joy of seeing a young couple married we all shared tears of remembrance of Michael and the gap left by him not being there. We also celebrated Ellen's achievement as a mum bringing up two young children on her own for the past 18 years.

This year at Cranford we will continue to focus on our three strategic goals - Service with Excellence, Building Capacity and Capability, and Sustainability. A  Ministry of Health Audit is scheduled for April that once again will assess our standard of service delivery. I am confident the excellent work done over the past 18 months by the whole team, supported by the Quality Team, will again give us the big tick.

We were saddened when Dr Jacky Frisby had to make the difficult decision to return to her old role in England. Jacky contributed hugely to the progress of ‘Service with Excellence' at Cranford. We miss her already. Her going brings another change for us, and we are grateful to Dr Carol McAllum for her specialist medical oversight.

Another change has been the partnering with a community pharmacy to provide pharmacist services. Sara Grant has fitted into the team well and is also gaining knowledge which is of help in the community pharmacy setting.

I am grateful to the HB Winegrowers for their continued support of Cranford. This year, members of the Charity Fine Wine auction committee have developed a new format for the event which will allow for a wider bidder group. I hope you will get together with some friends, form a syndicate and come along in June to bid on what will be an extra special selection of wines - the 2013 vintage.

During Hospice Awareness week this May, we will be joining several Auckland hospices to run the Hospice Cuppa event. This is a great way to connect with friends while also support hospice families on a difficult pathway.

My special thanks to those of you who supported us financially over the Christmas/New Year period. You played a significant role in the lives of people you may never meet. And as you read our stories about the patients and families in our care, please know that they could not receive hospice care and support without your kindness.

You Matter

"You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement


Helen Blaxland

Helen Blaxland

Cranford Hospice General Manager



A Big Thank You

It's not possible for Cranford Hospice to provide free care and support to over 600 patients and their families every year without the wonderful help of the Hawke's Bay community. On their behalf, thank you.

We were grateful to receive these generous grants in the last six months:

Eskdale War Memorial Church Board (hospice services)

Harry Otton Charitable Trust (hospice services)

Joan Fernie Charitable Trust (hospice services)

Marjorie M Stead Trust (hospice services)

Doris M Partridge Trust (hospice services)

Geddis Memorial Scholarship (training)

Tasman Smith Charitable Trust (equipment upgrade)

Trust House (Flaxmere services)

Hospice patients and families also benefited from these very kind people who made a provision in their Will for Cranford Hospice:

Eric Burton, Lynette Ann Cochrane, John Charters Elms, Gezina Elzinga, Elsie Fowler, Phyllis Margaret Ingram, Ian Ralph Liddington, John Cecil Douglas Lock, Tessa Kingwell Malcolm, Joan Pelham Pearce, Nancy Margaret Peddle, Janet Millicent Reed, Barbara Mary Sparks, Claire Yvonne Thomas, Terence Charles Whyte and Beval Miriam Woon.

We sincerely thank these Hawke's Bay businesses and sponsors for their substantial support in the past six months:

Bay Expresso

Farmlands Trading Society

Furnware New Zealand

Heinz Watties Ltd

Porse In-Home Childcare

Port of Napier Ltd


Roosters Brew House

The Warehouse Ltd Napier

TSB Bank Hastings