Margaret Stewart House Wellington now has fantastic new bedding, lounge furniture and laundry appliances thanks to a grant from the Dry July Foundation. It’s wonderful to finally replace items that have given us 20 years’ faithful service. We’ll be able to get through lots of laundry, especially in winter, with the brilliant commercial-grade laundry appliances we now have! The very generous grant means we can keep providing a very comfortable home away from home for people needing a place to stay while receiving outpatient cancer treatment at Wellington Hospital.
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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2018.
Look Good Feel Better is a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.
Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves.
Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.
Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.
The Far North Community Hospice Shirley Crawford Haven provides a home away from home for the patient and their family / whanau. It is a self contained unit with bathroom, lounge/dining area, bedroom and kitchenette. Funds raised from the 2017 Dry July Campaign have helped to update the space at the Shirley Crawford Haven with comfy lounges, new carpet and blinds.
Thanks to funding received from the 2017 grants round, a beautiful mural was created by artist Sean Duffell at The Cancer Society Wellington HQ.
Patients, staff and visitors have commented that the mural brightens their day!
Modelled by our nursing staff, these chairs provide patients with a better and more comfortable treatment experience, and also help the nursing staff provide improved care. The new chairs are height-variable to make it much easier for patients to access them and have a range of other features to make their treatment as comfortable as possible.
Dry July funds at Waikato Cancer Centre have benefited patients and their families.
A quote below from a staff member:
Below is a photo of the first few magazines that have arrived (there will be more!). I have just taken them down to chemo and they were very well received. I also had some more very positive feedback about the flowers so that's great!