Aug 29, 2020

Thank you Sponsors!

Aug 2, 2020

Honorary Family for Virtual Memorial Walk

This year’s Honorary Hospice Family for the Memorial Walk the Price Family in honor of 47-year old Merilee Dawn Price who spent 15 days at Bobby’s Hospice in the winter of 2020.

The following is the story of Marilee’s journey as told by her father, Dow Price.

“On December 16, 2013, beautiful, forty-one-year-old daughter/mother, Marilee, was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer and was told she may have one-year to live.

This was not our first encounter with this beast. Her mother had had her first encounter with breast cancer. (a second one followed). Her brother had had a battle with a type of leukemia requiring a bone marrow transplant. We had already experienced the wonderful world of Maritime health services, and the true benefit of our Canadian Medicare. It was with an equal measure of fear and faith that we moved foreword; but, as her boys aged nine and eleven watched on, we were all mindful of the severity of the situation.

Marilee was a music teacher in Saint John area schools and lived every day to the fullest. She loved her family, her many friends, her job and life in general. As we met her treatment team at the Saint Regional Hospital, our fears were somewhat diminished. The whole team from the specialists to the folk who cleaned her room served with tenderness and professional confidence. Each visit was a reunion of friends. The parking attendant greeted her warmly, the registration clerks welcomed her with open arms, the desk staff seemed to be waiting to greet her, and the physician visits were a warm and friendly rather than cold and institutional.

As helpful as everyone tried to be, the cold stark facts were that cancer had invaded her young body and it was not leaving. As the days turned into months, and the months turned into years, Marilee experienced a slow and steady decline. She came to require homemakers to help for seven hours of the day and one or both parents were able to be present to cover the rest. As Marilee became less able to do for herself and became unable to communicate, the pressure began to build for all of us

From the beginning, we dreaded the day when Marilee would need to leave her home to be cared for. At home, her boys could come in after school and she could still give them that big warm mother’s hug. Her parents could still tuck her into bed and kiss her goodnight. Finally, the day came when the doctor told us it was time for Hospice. We believed Bobby’s Hospice would be a comfortable place to die.

Throughout her illness, there was NEVER a complaint or a “poor me” comment from Marilee. Her stock reply

to the inevitable question, “how are you today” was usually, “FANTASTIC”. We think that her reward for such positivity was an easy departure and a wonderful family called Bobby’s Hospice.

When we entered those doors, they took our stress away.

The unspoken question that inhabits the place is “how can we serve you better?”

It was not just Marilee who moved to Hospice, but her family moved to Bobby’s.

Again, it was a whole team service. The nursing staff, volunteers, support staff

and the physicians seem to be living out a special calling. They love what they do! They even organized the opportunity for her son to graduate from high school at her bedside.

Her final day was no exception. Her family gathered around and peacefully

watched as the medial staff took their final opportunity to care for her.

After her passing, we were given as much time as we wanted and our final

memory is the honor guard which formed as she passed, covered with the

warmth of a hand made quilt.”

We are forever thankful,

Duncan and Logan Cunningham (Sons) and Marjorie and Dow Price (parents)

Now in its 16th year, the Annual Hospice Memorial Walk will now be a Virtual Event that will take place for the week of September 18-25, 2020 due to Covid-19. Hospice Families will raise funds and gather in their bubbles sometime during that week to walk in memory of loved ones. We also want people to send us photos or a short video that we can post on social media. Our event page will be located on Canada Helps and teams will be able to register there and make electronic donations. We can also accept donations on our website and via e-transfer. Cash and cheques can be dropped off at Bobby’s Hospice during business hours of “Walk Week”. We would like to have all donations collected by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 25th so we can tally everything and make an announcement on social media.

Once again all donations are being matched at 50% by the Bayshore Foundation.

“We are thrilled to once again welcome the Bayshore Foundation as a major sponsor of this event with a donation match. Bayshore has been supporting Hospice for over 15 years. Their help and yours is needed now more than ever as COVID-19 is preventing us from hosting many of our in-person fundraising events,” says Sandy Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer.

Please join us in this Virtual Memorial Walk planned for the week of September 18 – 25, 2020.

Bobby’s Hospice cares for over 200 people each year who need in-patient palliative care and grief support. The NB Government provides an annual grant of $800,000 and Hospice must raise over $1.2M each year from the community to cover the additional costs of care. For more information, visit www.hospicesj.ca or call (506) 632-5593.

Aug 1, 2020

Letter from Chris

It has been 10 years since we opened our doors at Bobby’s Hospice, and I have had the privilege of being Medical Director, and sharing the journey at end of life with countless patients and families.

Care at Bobby’s Hospice is for people who are nearing end of life. Unlike other medical care, the focus of hospice care isn’t to cure the underlying disease, it is to support the highest quality of life possible for whatever time remains. Hospice is a philosophy of health care that focuses on the needs of the patient and care givers by providing comfort, dignity, hope and love at end-of-life. The services provided by our clinical team maximize comfort for our patients by reducing pain and other physical symptoms while addressing their psychological, social and spiritual needs; and we continue to care for family and friends after a death with grief support.

Thank you to our staff, volunteers and our Board of Directors for your compassion, dedication and teamwork. Thank you also to our Greater Saint John community for your ongoing support. It is because of each and every one of you that we have been able to deliver on our Vision/Mission and care for 122 patients during this past fiscal year, our occupancy rate at 95%. We are always guided by, and do our best to achieve our Mission:

“Compassionate Care that Celebrates Life”

In March of 2020 Covid 19 became our new reality. Who could have ever imagined our world as we know it would be so drastically changed. The Pandemic impacted each and every one of us, and had a marked impact on Bobby’s Hospice in countless ways, including our model of patient care delivery and our financial stability. We are so grateful and proud of our staff for going above and beyond the call of duty during this unprecedented and terrifying time. Their courage, and determination allowed us to remain open, at full capacity. Their diligence in following Covid 19 rules, despite the physical and emotional toll, kept our staff/patients free of Covid 19 infection.

We soon realized that our quick response to Covid 19, although necessary to ensure the safety of patients, families and staff, had unintended consequences on our model of care, our Mission.  Wearing masks, physical distancing, limiting visitors, increased sterilization and all other necessary measures we had to adopt, sadly left a void in emotional support and compassion. The inability to give a hug, hidden facial expressions due to masks, absence of many loved ones due to visitor restrictions and the absence of volunteers to give that little extra, have all left their toll on patient’s families and staff. Another unexpected and serious consequence will be complex grief.

We are on our way back, easing restrictions and reopening with caution. It is great to have more friends and families in our home. We have been working together with Hospices of Atlantic Canada to revisit how we will handle future waves of Covid 19, putting compassion and care at the top of the agenda.

Bobby’s Hospice is a “Not for Profit” organization, and we are so thankful to our Provincial Government for funding support. Our reality is however, the need to raise another 1.2 million annually and thanks to the generosity of our donors/supporters we have been able to meet our target the past 10 years. Covid 19 has severely affected donations in the nonprofit world and now more than ever we need you and your support both financially and as the cheer leaders you have always been for Bobby’s Hospice.

 

Dr. Chris O’Brien

Medical Director

May 6, 2020

SUMMER BBQ’S CANCELLED

The Covid-19 global pandemic has altered everything we know, and do, in our daily lives and routines. Nothing is as we once knew it, and while we all wish and want some normalcy to return to society, it seems as though that time is still further off in the future. We have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel this years BBQ season. We will miss seeing each and everyone of you.

Take care of yourselves, & those you love and care about.

Apr 1, 2020

The Straight Facts of COVID-19

The Straight Facts of COVID-19

How do you catch it?

  • By inhaling droplets from someone’s sneeze or cough who has the virus
  • By touching surfaces that have live virus and putting your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth before washing them
  • You cannot catch the virus through your skin or your clothes.

 How to be safe and sane!

  • Wash it away! Wash your hands for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice) after using the washroom, after sneezing or coughing, after going to the grocery store, many times a day.
  • Use hand sanitizer often.
  • Don’t touch your face – easier said than done!
  • Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands – use your elbow.
  • Gloves offer a false sense of security. People who wear gloves touch many surfaces that may have viruses and bacteria on them and because you don’t wash your hands those germs stay on your gloves and you may accidently put your hands to your face.  Skip the gloves and wash your hands, unless you need to wear gloves for direct patient care.
  • Sanitize common surfaces regularly– door knobs, phones, remote controls, sink taps, refrigerator handles, microwave buttons, keyboards, mouse, handrails, flat surfaces like desks, tables, etc.
  • Stay 6 feet away from people so if they happen to sneeze or cough, the virus can’t reach you.
  • Don’t visit others and have parties – don’t congregate in groups. Go to work if it is safe and your employer has work for you and then go home and be safe.
  • Staying at home for the time being is helping to slow the spread of the virus so that hospitals can secure the supplies and equipment they need to care for people when they need it. Too many people with the virus all at once would make it impossible for our hospitals to adequately care for everyone
  • Turn off your notifications on your phone and limit the amount of time you spend listening to the media about the current crisis.
  • Stay calm and remember this too shall pass in time.
  • Go outside in the sun and fresh air. Go for a walk or a bike ride.  Listen to music, do yoga, meditate.  Stay in touch with friends and loved ones via phone, internet and social media.  Practice social distancing.
  • Eventually there will be a vaccine and enough people will have built immunity that we will be safe.

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

FEB 25, 2020

100 Women Who Care Donate $25,000 to Bobby’s Hospice!

The Saint John Chapter of 100 Women Who Care is actually a group of 266 women with big hearts and a desire to support charities in the greater Saint John area.  On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, they heard from First Steps, the SPCA and Bobby’s Hospice.  All three charities do amazing work in the community and are all in need of funding to continue to deal with the growing needs in the community.

Sandy Maxwell, CEO of Bobby’s Hospice presented the “Story of Three Women Who Lived at Bobby’s Hospice.”  It was the story of living in the midst of dying and how Hospice makes a tremendous difference on a person’s quality of life.  Bobby’s Hospice cannot change the outcome of the disease, but we absolutely change the journey.

In the words of one of our patients, “There is nothing like death and the people at Bobby’s Hospice do it right.  And, it’s caring people like you who make it possible!”

The “100 Women” selected Hospice as the recipient of the group’s funds this time around.

“It is so hard to choose which charity is most in need of our contribution when they are all such devoted, giving, caring, compassionate people doing so much good each day.” Says Debbie Rathwell, Co-Founder and Chair of the Saint John Chapter.  “We were glad to support Bobby’s Hospice this time around.  It was heartwarming to hear that Bobby’s Hospice isn’t just about dying, but about living.”

FEB 25, 2020

FEB 20, 2020

2020 Hospice Gala – THANK YOU!

Thank you to our 750 sponsors and guests who attended the Hospice Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Over $70,000 was raised for care at Bobby’s Hospice. Thanks to your support, we will be able to help over 200 people who need in-patient palliative care and grief support in the coming year.

FEB 20, 2020

Saint Joseph’s Convent Becomes Bobby’s Hospice

In 1924, the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) moved into Saint Joseph’s Convent and helped to establish two West Side schools – St. Patrick’s and Assumption Schools. The Sisters ministry included teaching at these schools, spiritual guidance, music lessons, working with seniors and helping the poor – all from their home at 385 Dufferin Row. When Hospice Greater Saint John started in 1983, the Sisters graciously donated space in Saint Joseph’s Hospital because they believed in the vision of helping people cope with terminal illness and grief. Hospice volunteer operations remained there until 2001 when they moved to the Saint John Regional Hospital. Sister Rita Duncan lived at Saint Joseph’s Convent and was a long-term volunteer with Hospice. She hosted the Hospice grief support groups in the basement of Saint Joseph’s Convent in the late 1990’s. When she became aware that Hospice was pursuing the dream of a residential hospice, she believed the Convent would be a great future home for the residential hospice. In 2004, thanks to the advice and support of Sister Rita, the senior leadership of Hospice began meeting with the Sisters of Charity to begin the discussions of purchasing Saint Joseph’s Convent for the future operations of a residential hospice.
Sister Sandra Barrett was the Congregational Leader in 2004 and she and her leadership team were interested in learning more about how this new and innovative end-of-life healthcare facility could benefit the community. Over the next three years, after many discussions, presentations and letters, Hospice was able to purchase Saint Joseph’s Convent at a significantly reduced rate for the future operations of Bobby’s Hospice. A Mass of Thanksgiving and the closure of Saint Joseph’s Convent occurred on Mon, June 18, 2007. More than 50 people attended the Mass in the Chapel celebrated by Msgr. Brian Sheehan of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. In an article by Fred Hazel in the Telegraph Journal in June 2007, he reported on the Mass and noted the following comments from Msgr. Brian Sheehan and Sister Sandra Barrett.

“While we are sad to see the Sisters leave Saint Joseph’s Convent, we are grateful that the leadership of the sisters has generously made it possible for the purchase of the convent by such a wonderful organization as Hospice. In a way, much good will continue in a building out of which so much generosity has flowed,” said Msgr. Brian Sheehan.
Sister Sandra Barrett, the Congregational Leader, summed up the Sisters mandate in a quote from the late Archbishop Oscar Romero, “This is what we are about. We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.”

Hospice moved into Saint Joseph’s Convent in July 2007 to begin the work of establishing Bobby’s Hospice to “provide comfort, care and hope to patients and families on the end-of-life journey.” After three years of fundraising and renovations, Bobby’s Hospice opened on November 1, 2010. Unfortunately, Sister Rita died in 2009, one year before Bobby’s Hospice opened in her former home of Saint Joseph’s Convent.
After losing close family members, Sister Sandra felt called to Bobby’s Hospice. For the past seven years, Sister Sandra has been coming twice a week to Bobby’s Hospice and praying in the Chapel for patients, families, staff and volunteers.

The support of the Sisters of Charity since the inception of Hospice in 1983, the dedication of Sister Rita to Hospice over many years and the leadership, support and prayers of Sister Sandra and many others have made a tremendous difference to so many in our community. They have left a valuable legacy to our community and their mission lives on in their former home of Saint Joseph’s Convent.

Jan 20, 2020

Hospice Named One of Canada’s Top 100 Charities for 2020

Maclean’s Magazine has named Hospice Greater Saint John one of Canada’s Top 100 Best Charities for Giving and the 3rd best ranked healthcare charity in Canada.

The magazine selects the Top 100 Charities from among 84,000 registered charities in Canada and uses the data from Charities Intelligence Canada, which assess and ranks charities based on financial metrics, transparency and accountability.

“We are thrilled to once again be named a 4-star charity by Charities Intelligence Canada and selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities by Maclean’s Magazine,” says Sandy Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer.

 “Every day at Bobby’s Hospice, we work hard to use donor dollars wisely and deliver top quality in-patient palliative care and grief support to those in need.

 “Thank you to everyone who makes this possible!”

Jan 19, 2020

Celebrating 10 years of care!

On November 1, 2020, Bobby’s Hospice will officially mark 10 years of delivering excellent in-patient palliative care in Atlantic Canada’s first residential hospice.

When I first joined Hospice in June 2000, we were involved in providing non-medical palliative support services in people’s homes – things like companionship, delivery of hospital linens, and drives to appointments. This same month, Senator Sharon Carstairs issued a report entitled “Quality End of Life Care:  The Right of Every Canadian.”

This became a call to action and in 2002, I fortunate enough to be named to Health Canada’s Palliative Care Strategy to advance access to palliative care in the country.  While travelling the country to attend Health Canada meetings, I took the opportunity to visit other community hospices and learn about their programs and services.  I discovered that Ontario and Western Canada had residential hospice care in addition to other community hospice services.

A residential hospice is a home away from that specializes in the delivery of expert palliative care for people who can no longer stay at home and don’t require hospital care.  I brought the idea back to the Hospice Board for consideration.  After discussion and research, we decided this would be a good vision for our community and the next step for Hospice Greater Saint John in delivering quality palliative care services to those in need.  We launched our vision and spent six years in research and development to make it happen.

Bobby “Catherine” Lawson was a 20-year volunteer with Hospice in 2005 when she had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  She believed in our vision of a residential hospice and wanted to help while she still could.  She and her family made a very generous donation to Hospice that enabled us to move forward with the dream.

We were eventually able to partner with the Sisters of Charity to purchase St. Joseph’s Convent and we moved in in 2008.  We immediately got to work on a capital campaign to raise $2.5M to cover the cost of renovations, equipment and supplies and hired an architect and a construction company.  We also had multiple meetings with government officials to secure annual operational funding.

In July 2009, while continuing with raising capital funds and renovating Bobby’s Hospice, we opened The Hospice Shoppe, a high-end, second-hand retail store with 100% of proceeds to fund care at Bobby’s Hospice.

It took us two years and several delays before we could raise all the capital funds, complete renovations and secure a contract with the Department of Health for partial annual funding.  After a lot of work by many people, we proudly opened Bobby’s Hospice on November 1, 2010 and accepted our first patients.

It is hard to believe that 10 years have gone so quickly.  We are proud to have admitted and cared for over 1,000 palliative patients in need of in-patient care and provided grief support to hundreds of family members.  We have also supported the development of other residential hospices in the region and are pleased to collaborate with Hospice Fredericton and Hospice Halifax in the delivery of residential hospice care in Atlantic Canada.

None of this would have been possible without the dedicated leadership of many people over 10 years – the Hospice Board of Directors, politicians of all parties at all levels, our volunteers, our professional staff and YOU, our community who shows us every day how much you care with your donations and support.  Because of people like you, we help others when they need it the most.

Thank you from all of us at Hospice for being Hospice guardian angels.

 

Sandy Maxwell

Hospice Chief Executive Officer

December 2, 2019

The Power of Love, Faith & Healing…

Everyone loses a loved one at some time in their life, most of us more than once. When we lose a loved one the initial pain can be unbearable. It is one of the hardest emotions a person can experience in life. It can ebb and flow like the tide sometimes rising and receding slowly and at other times sneaking up on us and crashing over us unexpectedly with a memory or photo. None of us are ever prepared for losing a loved one even if we’ve been told the end is near. It does not matter if your loved one is young or old – the pain is the same. Getting through the loss of a loved one takes time and everyone’s journey to healing is unique.

I recently lost my father-in-law Glennie at the end of July this summer. He was a wonderful, kind and loving man. He owned a farm in Black River and planted fields of potatoes every spring. Every September we would help Glennie harvest his potato crop and he would give bags of fresh potatoes to family, friends and soup kitchens in the city. Glennie planted his last potato field in May a few weeks before he became ill and entered the hospital in June. He had reached his 89th birthday and was actively working his farm for over 70 years.

It was a very difficult summer. After a few weeks in the hospital Glennie was transferred to Bobby’s Hospice. We dug up some of his tiny new potatoes during the summer, cooked, mashed and buttered them and took them in to Glennie before he became too ill to eat. He thoroughly enjoyed them and we were happy he was able to sample the crop he had planted. He passed away a couple of weeks later on July 29th.

In early September, we went down to the potato field in Black River to harvest Glennie’s potatoes. It was a difficult afternoon for us doing the harvest without him for the very first time. As my son Matthew was going along the rows filling the potato bag he held, he came across an unusual potato. He picked it up, dusted it off and brought it over to show me. Two potatoes had grown together in the shape of a heart. At that moment, I smiled and my heart felt lighter for the first time since Glennie had gotten sick. I know any vegetable can grow together in the ground as seeds get pushed together in unusual shapes, but to find a heart-shaped potato on the day we were harvesting the very last garden Glennie would ever plant gave me the feeling that it was a sign he was there with us afterall, even if only in spirit, and that he will always be watching over his family. We took the potato home and cleaned it up and took it up to Doris, Glennie’s wife of 43 years, and she lovingly shows it to everyone who comes to visit her.When you suffer the heartbreak of losing someone you love, always remember…its ok to cry. Our tears are sacred. They are not a sign of weakness but of power. They “speak louder than a thousand voices and are messengers of unspeakable love within a pure heart”. Your tears give you the power to move on with life and they help us to heal our grief and make us stronger. Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise and turn every sunset into memories.

We may not be able to see our loved ones after they pass on but sometimes, if you look really hard, you will see signs they are still with us and still loving us from Heaven.“When you believe beyond what your eyes can see, signs from Heaven show up to remind you love never dies…”

In Loving Memory Of Glendon Ernest Moore 1930-2019

November 22, 2019

1000 Patients Since Opening

Did you know that Bobby’s Hospice has cared for ONE THOUSAND patients since opening in November of 2010.

We have helped so many families along the way and without your support this would not be possible. THANK YOU!

Please take a moment to read what a grateful sister had to say about Bobby’s Hospice ❤️

“My brother came to Bobby’s Hospice a few days before Christmas last year. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him and all of you at Bobby’s. I sincerely want to thank the entire team for the excellent care you gave him. I cannot single out one person because each one of you went above and beyond. You were so kind and gentle, compassionate and respectful – providing him a beautiful place for his last days. I admire all of you for what you do. You truly are special people.” – A Grateful Sister

November 20th, 2019

Holiday Campaign

My name is Karen and I want to share my story with you and tell you what a difference Bobby’s Hospice makes to people like me.

Not too long ago, I was a healthy, active 54-year-old woman living my life to the fullest. Then, I was diagnosed with a terminal illness and my life was stolen from me. Suddenly, I found myself 100% dependent on others to help me bathe, dress, etc. I lost my dignity and my independence. But in March 2019, I was lucky enough to be invited to come to Bobby’s Hospice after spending some time in the hospital. I felt like they said

The people at Bobby’s Hospice are real people who really care. They have become my family and they support me every day to thrive and survive. The personal care is exceptional, the food delicious and the home so comfortable. The people at Bobby’s Hospice have made a tremendous difference in my quality of life. I feel safe, comfortable and loved and my wife no longer has to be my caregiver.

Every year, Bobby’s Hospice must raise $1.5M to care for over 200 people in our community who need in-patient palliative care and grief support. Any gift you are able to give would help them deliver this great care to people like me who so desperately need it.

Please make a special holiday gift today to bring comfort, compassion and care to people in our community when they need it most. Someday you or a loved one may need care at Bobby’s Hospice.

With sincere thanks,
Karen Sinton – A Grateful Hospice Patient

November 19th, 2019

The KV Judo Club donates $1135.88

The KV Judo Club (Official) donated $1135.88 to Bobby’s Hospice from their 2019 Greg Halpin Memorial Tournament. Greg is the son of Judo Club member, Peter Halpin. Greg lost his courageous battle with leukemia in March 2012 and this tournament is held annually in his honour. Hospice is so grateful to be the recipient of these very special funds. Over the last 7 years they have donated over $14,000!! Thank you for helping us to help others.

November 19th, 2019

A big thanks to “Chics for a Cause”

All of us at Hospice send the “Chics for a Cause” a heartfelt THANK YOU! These four wonderful women – Janice Treevena, Lisa Stevens, Pia Driscoll and Tracy Craig – held their 4th Annual Pink Carpet Gala and raised $25,000 for care at Bobby’s Hospice. Your generosity will help us cover the cost of medications at Hospice for the next year. We also wish to thank Scotiabank for contributing $3,000 and all the sponosrs, donors and guests who made this event such a success. Your good deeds will help over 150 people in our community in need of in-patient palliative care and expert pain and symptom management. From the botom of our hearts, we thank you!

November 18th, 2019

Thank You Natalie!

“It’s been just over 2 years that I lost my sweet dad (Buddy Titus) at Bobby’s Hospice. He could not have had his last days at a more incredible and loving place.
When the staff at Bobby’s hospice found out I was leaving for Africa, they gave me T-shirts. Just look at those faces! Now that is pure joy!!”

– Natalie-Mike Richard (Volunteer)

October 11th, 2019

Hospice Summer Back Yard BBQ Fundraiser

$90,000 RAISED !!
THANK YOU!

The 2019 Hospice Back Yard BBQ Fundraiser was another huge success. Hundreds of people joined us every Friday afternoon all summer long for this great event. We hope to see everyone again next summer!

October 7th, 2019

Hospice Memorial Walk 2019

$170,000 RAISED !!
THANK YOU!

Over 500 families and supporters jammed the lawns at Bobby’s Hospice for the 15th Annual Hospice Memorial Walk, presented by Bayshore Home Health on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Participants raised $125,000 in pledges and the Bayshore Foundation for Empowered Living donated $45,000 in matching funds.

August 2nd, 2019

FCC Construction Donates $33,008

The FCC Construction team spent three years fundraising for charity while working on building the new Irving Oil Home Office at King Square. Employees bought and sold 50/50 tickets every week and raised a grand total of $33,008 for Bobby’s Hospice.  “This is enough to feed our patients for a year,” said Sandy Maxwell, Hospice CEO.  “What an incredible gift to our community.  We can’t thank them enough.”

July 9th, 2019

The Bayshore Foundation Matching All Donations at 50%

Hospice Greater Saint John is pleased to announce that once again the Bayshore Foundation for Empowered Living is matching all donations to the Hospice Memorial Walk at 50% up to a maximum of $40,000.  This turns a donation of $1 into $1.50.