Category: Medical and Hospital
Created: Friday, 29 May 2015 11:31
Tremains recently conducted an art auction and raised around $4000 for our regions beloved Cranford Hospice.
Art was auctioned on behalf of the late Cedric Alexander and his wife Joan with 25% of the proceeds kindly donated to our regions hospice.
Cranford Hospice started in Hawke's Bay in 1982 with a handful of volunteers and today they have around 60 paid staff and 400 volunteers.
Every year the hospice cares for around 600 patients and their families.
Here is an example of how generous donations such as those collected from the Tremains Art Auction benefit the community...
Paul Seabright is grateful for the years he shared with his wife Christine before she died in December.
The couple had many adventures together before Christine was diagnosed last April with Pleural Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
“Chris has always been quite matter of fact about life and death,” said Paul. “She’s been a nurse for many years, and she helped to demystify and take some of the scariness out of her impending death. Her attitude towards the whole thing was just awesome. I am not sure how I would deal with it if it was me in her position.”
The couple met in 2003, when Christine was working as volunteer nurse/purser on a square rig sailing ship. Paul was the ship’s Chief Engineer. By late 2006, they owned their own specialist repair business in Cheddar, servicing powered mobility aids.
But the pull of the sea was strong, and in 2009 Chris and Paul sold their business, moved to Torquay and were married. Christine found work as an agency nurse for the local health Board and Paul went back to sea.
In 2010 while on holiday in New Zealand, Paul and Christine enjoyed this country so much that by November they had emigrated; eventually buying a lifestyle block near Havelock North. Paul continued working at sea and Christine volunteered at Cranford Hospice before being employed as a shift nurse.
In 2011 she was appointed Clinical Nurse Manager at Cranford, later moving to a new role managing Cranford’s Learning and Development Unit. As the Hawke’s Bay Palliative Care Education Service, this unit now provides over 140 palliative education sessions a year for Hawke’s Bay health professionals and agencies.
Christine resigned from paid work in 2013 to devote more time to the couple’s lifestyle block. Within ten months, she learned she had a terminal illness.
”Given the options for dying, it could have been so much worse,” said Paul. “It was a journey that, if we had to take it, was a good journey. We had time to just be together.” Although Chris was sad at times, Paul said she was never afraid of death. “I just find this amazing. If I could have changed the outcome, of course I would have done, but I don’t think it is something people should be afraid of.”
Paul says he could not have gone through the journey with Christine without the help of Cranford, both emotionally and physically. “She had a wish to be home at the end. It wouldn’t have happened had not the nurses and doctors at Cranford worked incredibly hard to make it happen.”
Christine died on 13 December 2014. The gathering to celebrate her life was a ‘DIY affair’ which Paul felt was perfect for the woman he loved. “We made a good team,” says Paul.