Wednesday, August 03, 2011

fernlea house turns 10

It was wonderful to gather with friends at Fernlea House - and the occasion? Their 10 year celebration.

Here I am pictured with the driving force behind Fernlea House, Jan Lancaster. It's Jan's passion and vision that's seen Fernlea House become a reality. Along with a dedicated volunteer base and committed staff, Fernlea fills an important need for those providing care for and those with a life limiting illness.

It's been a challenging journey for Fernlea House over the years. Because the house is dedicated to providing a social model of palliative care, it doesn't fit the usual criteria for funding.

Many a time in their history they've been near closure but have always managed a last minute reprieve.

There's no better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake, staff joined with committee members past and present to cut the cake.

As part of the 10 year celebration Fernlea House are coordinating Living, Laughing, Loving - an address book to celebrate their landmark anniversary.

To promote the work of Fernlea House, and as a fundraising venture, Living, Laughing, Loving is being developed. It will include the history of Fernlea and the stories of the people who have been part of this amazing first 10 year journey.

Living, Laughing, Loving will sell for $35 and it's hoped it will be ready for Christmas. You can also contribute to Living, Laughing, Loving by advance ordering or purchasing a page where you can provide a paragraph, photo and quotation about yourself or a loved one or what Fernlea House means to you.

If you'd like to know more about Living, Laughing, Loving click here.

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