Tea cups were full, and pinky fingers were raised September 30, 2018 as Seasons’ Retirement Community hosted the fourth annual High Tea for Hospice. The soldout event took place in three sittings at 2 p.m. 3:15 p.m. and 4:30. Hospices are institutions dedicated to the care of patients near the end of their lives because of life-limiting illnesses.

The Townsend-Smith Foundation is a group of community volunteers dedicated to bringing a 10 bed 15,000 sq. ft. hospice in North Halton. The organization was started by the friends and family of former Milton firefighter Ron Townsend, and a local Tai Chi instructor Tessie Smith. The organization was incorporated in 2011.

The High Tea has grown into an exclusive event. This year’s edition of the High Tea raised approximately $5500. Attendees were seated at tables and served high tea from the Escarpment Tea Room by volunteers including tea room owner Edwina Doddington. This year organizers added a silent auction, in addition to the tea leaf reader, and raffle.

The challenge remains getting land to build it. The group is hoping to partner with Conestoga College, and Laurier to build it on lands making up with the Milton Education Village (M.E.V.) located in the Tremaine Rd, and Derry By: Laura Steiner Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite Rd. area. They have motions of support from town councils in Milton, and Halton Hills.

The building will cost an estimated 3-5 million to build, and an estimated 1.6 million/ year to maintain. 50% of the maintainence costs are to be covered by community fundraising as well. Residential hospices cost $500/ day. For more information on the organization including how to donate and other upcoming events visit their website: www.townsend-smith.ca
Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite

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