Hospice hopes grow

NORTHERN palliative care proponents hope a question-and- answer forum at Punchbowl Christian Centre tomorrow will bolster support for a community hospice in Launceston.

Friends of the Northern Hospice will host Ian Mavor, co-founder and executive director of the Gold Coast's Hopewell Hospice, at the centre from 11am.

Chairwoman Barb Baker said Dr Mavor had shown how a community hospice could successfully operate, having run Hopewell with his wife Deirdre for about 20 years.

"Because it's a community hospice, it's not entirely dependent on government funding," Ms Baker said.

"I think in this financial climate we can't expect the government to support everything, and if we seriously want a hospice we need to put our hands in our pockets."

Ms Baker said she hoped tomorrow's forum would encourage Launceston residents to do just that.

She said the event had already garnered a strong response, with more than 200 people expected to attend.

The forum will be followed by a light lunch at 12.30pm. For more information contact Ms Baker on 0408911491.

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