The pinkie fingers were up, the fascinators were fastened for the Townsend-Smith Foundation’s Annual High Tea. The third edition of the popular event took place September 24, 2017 at Seasons’ Retirement Community.
“I feel not only Seasons, but the Milton community is really invested in this,” Megan Spencer said. Spencer is the Leasing manager at Seasons. Seasons donated their theatre room as the location, and their chef Cameron created the menu under the supervision of Milton’s Tea Lady Edwina Doddington. “We’re happy to fundraise, for such a wonderful cause,” Spencer said. Tickets were $30/ person with the proceeds going to the Townsend-Smith foundation. The event raised $5,030.
The Townsend-Smith Foundation is in a renewal process. “The people that were on the board before us really did the hard work, which, was getting the foundation established,” Sarah Jensen said. The board has added new members including John Barrett, as president.
The next step is looking for a piece of land, and continue fundraising. One of the challenges is fundraising without a building. “We do feel that once we put the billboard up ‘this is where it’s going, then we’ll get the corporate sponsorships,” Jensen said. She feels that people in Milton are supportive, because everyone will need it. The foundation is only eligible for government funding after the building is complete. They need to raise between approximately $3 million. The location is going to be in somewhere in North Halton.
Hospice care is limited to two rooms in Milton Hospital. The Townsend-Smith Foundation envisions a 10-bed facility that would offer physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support in a comfortable, compassionate environment. “If anyone goes to a hospice, tour it; you’ll be even more convinced when you see what it’s like,” Jensen said. To learn more about the Townsend-smith Foundation visit their website: www.townsend-smith.ca