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St. Thomas Pushing For Residential Hospice

Volunteers in St. Thomas are looking to collect upwards of $1-million for a new residential hospice.

The goal is to secure funding from the province and raise the money needed for a 6-10 bed facility.

Right now, there is no residential hospice in St. Thomas.

Those at Serenity House Hospice help with end of life care, but often people who are running out of time are kept waiting.

"Our closest residential hospice would be Woodstock or London, but both of them serve their own counties first," says Peggy Gillespie with Serenity House Hospice. "Given our compliment of Elgin County we're looking at a minimum of six beds , it would be residential and where they would stay in the last days of their life."

Gillespie notes the exact amount of money needed for the hospice capital campaign will depend on whether the group secures a house or has to start a new build.

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