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Making History

When: 30/06/2020 12:00am

THE RECENT celebrations to mark 30 years as a community owned and operated private hospice, have prompted the need to document the unique story of the Albany Community Hospice (ACH).

ACH Chair Jane Mouritz, said the commemorations were a timely reminder that some stories needed to be captured now, as many early volunteers and staff were becoming frail, and valuable memories and old documents were fading.

"The success of our hospice has depended on the magnanimous efforts of so many people over the years, and their contributions and dedication need to be acknowledged and documented,” she said. 

“The Board is really thrilled that Anne Simpson, an acclaimed local journalist, has volunteered to compile the impressive story of Albany’s three hospices. This will incorporate the first 15 years history, as written by long-term volunteer, Helen Roe, who also happens to be the sister of founder Hugh Galloway.”

Anne is currently researching the 20 -year story of hospice’s Butterflies Op Shop as well as the trials, tribulations and events that happened in the second and third hospice facilities between 1990 and 2020.

“However, we are keenly seeking contact with people involved in the construction and operations of the second hospice, that opened at the end of Diprose Crescent, and was connected to the previous Albany Hospital from 2001 to 2015,” Ms Mouritz said. 

“It would be really appreciated if past staff and volunteers, and families of guests who experienced end of life care could get in touch and help us fill in this important 15-year chapter in our history. 

“There must be so many stories to tell and we would love to hear about them, however small,” she said.

Anyone who can help in any way is invited to contact Anne Simpson on 0437 416112 or email information to ach.history@outlook.com  or Ms Mouritz on 0427 807047.  

 

Our Mission

Albany Community Hospice is a leader in the provision of expert palliative care, education and support so all members of the community can experience death with grace in a manner and place of their choice.

Our Vision

The community, as individuals and collectively, values and embraces death and dying as an integral part of life.

Our Values

  • Compassion and caring
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Inclusive and judgement free
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Innovative