November 27th, 2021Charity run/walk for Kyneton palliative care
NEW Gisborne’s Wooling Hill Memorial Estate is the venue for this year’s Mount Macedon Realty-Wooling Hill Run, with proceeds going to Kyneton Health’s palliative care program.
Locals and tourists can visit the beautiful grounds of the Wooling Hill Memorial Estate, open from 8am to 6pm daily, and run 7.2kms (six laps) or walk 3.6km (three laps) until Sunday, December 12 at 6pm.
Members of Central Highlands Rural Health’s executive and board have met with Troy and Liddy Upfield, owners of Wooling Hill Memorial Estate, to walk the course and formally launch the event.
Troy and Liddy’s first fundraising target is to raise enough money to cover the cost of a cuddle bed; a specially-designed bed that allows family and friends to provide physical comfort to a loved one during end-of-life care as physical closeness can deepen connections and improve quality of life.
The cuddle bed offers an opportunity for loved ones to lay together and provide compassionate care as people near the end of their life.
The Wooling Hill Memorial Estate owners would like to raise enough funds to not only purchase a cuddle bed, but to also update the palliative care suite with new furnishings, artwork, paint, carpet and a fold-out sofa bed, to create a comfortable and relaxing space for patients and their visitors.
Troy said: “We are passionate about supporting local healthcare and believe that with the support of our local community, we can give a gift that will make a real difference to Kyneton Health’s patients and their families. We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of people to our all-ability Mount Macedon Realty-Wooling Hill Run and most importantly, raising lots of money for a great cause.”
Central Highlands Rural Health CEO Maree Cuddihy said Troy and Liddy’s generosity and commitment to others’ wellbeing was extraordinary.
“Palliative care helps end-of-life patients manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our nurses focus on the needs of the individual and their family and through a combination of medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support, we enable people to live with dignity, peace and comfort for the duration of their illness.”
Pictured, from left, Maree Cuddihy, board chair Peter Matthews, board member Kate Redwood and Clinical Services executive director Susan Jennings, with pooches Goldie and Hugo