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Hospice secures 'interim' operating grant

Posted December 17, 2013

New Tecumseth council approved drawing $20,000 from the Hydro Electric sale reserve fund to donate to Matthews Hospice in 2014.

The funds are to help Matthews cover the rent/operating costs of one of its two rental units at 21 and 23 Kingsmere Road, which together provide four hospice beds.

In October, Frank Taylor of Matthews House, explained that they required $2,300 per month to cover the rent, and couldn't rely exclusively on fundraising initiatives year to year. A private donor is covering the cost for the other unit. Last year at Matthews House provided service for approximately 300 people in the community, which is up from the 40 helped when it was established by Mr. Taylor and his wife Sally in 2004.

However, in gifting the funds to Matthews House, council put a rider on the donation to be reviewed again next year, and to continue lobbying the Ministry of Health and Central LHIN to provide funding. It was noted hospices in the province receive $90,000 per bed, but Matthews House was only receiving $38,000 in total, because it's not 10 or more beds.

New Tecumseth's $20,000 contribution will top up the $7,200 provided by the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

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