Members of the Clearwater and District Hospice Society pose next to the Memory Tree at the Clearwater Lodge for their annual Lights to Remember campaign on Dec. 16. This year the group sold 163 cards, the proceeds of which will go toward completing the new hospice room in Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Hospice campaign completes costs for new room

Surplus funds will go toward training group’s members

Clearwater and District Hospice Society’s annual Lights to Remember campaign was a success, raising enough money to pay off the remainder of costs for its new hospice room in Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.

For the initiative, hospice members sold cards community members could buy in memory of loved ones, then hung them on a special tree in the lobby of the Clearwater Lodge, where people can then sit and appreciate the meaningful decorations.

This year the campaign raised $1,630 and any surplus left over from creating the hospice room will go toward training the group’s members.

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Because the group has its members sit with patients in the hospital to keep them comfortable and in good company, a certain degree of training is required, and present members often have to take refresher courses as well.

There’ll be spring training sessions in April or May for anyone looking to join and those interested can call 778-208-0137.

Clearwater and District Hospice said they’d like to thank the Clearwater Lodge for supplying a new tree this year and always allowing the group to set it up in the lobby each year.

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