2017-10-05 / Community News

Biddeford children donate to hospice


Children from Biddeford raised money to benefit Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. From left, Bri Bernier, Andrew Bernier, Daryl Cady, CEO, Hospice of Southern Maine, Natalie Chaplin, Olivia Chaplin and Morgan Rochefort. (Courtesy photo) Children from Biddeford raised money to benefit Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. From left, Bri Bernier, Andrew Bernier, Daryl Cady, CEO, Hospice of Southern Maine, Natalie Chaplin, Olivia Chaplin and Morgan Rochefort. (Courtesy photo) Hospice of Southern Maine launched a fundraising campaign to celebrate Gosnell Memorial Hospice House’s 10th anniversary, seeking to raise $100,000 for facility and patient room updates.

In kicking off the campaign, its accepted its first donation from five Biddeford children, who raised $885 selling lemonade to honor their grandfather, Stoddard Chaplin. Chaplin died at Gosnell. His grandchildren range in age from 5 to 17 years old.

”We’re honored to receive this wonderful gift from the Chaplin family. Ten years ago, leaders in our community understood how important it was to have a comfortable place for those needing continuous acute care at end of life,” said Hospice of Southern Maine CEO Daryl Cady. “Through the support of many, our community opened its heart for this need so families like the Chaplins and over 6,000 others may receive the care they need when each moment counts.”

The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House was built in 2007, in response to a need expressed by southern Maine’s medical community and concerned residents for patients and their families to receive hospice care in a home-like setting from a team of trained professionals, including physicians, nurses, aides, chaplains, social workers and volunteers. The house was financed through a grass roots fundraising campaign. Gifts of all amounts helped bring the plan to a reality. Hospice of Southern Maine fundraises throughout the year to ensure care is provided for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

As with any home, periodic improvements are necessary to maintain a modern, healthy environment. Funds raised through the campaign will support updates to patient rooms and family areas.

To learn more, visit http://www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org

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