Aged care village gets $125k boost

Hawthorndale working group member Paddy O’Brien (left) and Hugo Charitable Trust chair Mark Owens after the trust donated $125,000 to ensure construction could start on the Hawthorndale Care Village in Invercargill in 2022. Photo: Supplied

A SOON-to-be built Invercargill rest-home with a mission to take the hospital-feel out of aged care has received a $125,000 funding boost.

Hawthorndale Care Village, set to be built on the site of the former Hawthorndale School on Tay St, is an aged care facility inspired by the Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk.

Its design and the delivery of care aims to remove the institutional, hospital-feel and replace it with residents living in small groups in houses where the rhythm of everyday living is tailored to each individual resident. The donation made by Arrowtown-based Hugo Charitable Trust would assure construction would start in the first half of 2022.

The trust was established in May 2017 by Maryanne Green, the eldest daughter of Irish philanthropist and businessman, the late Hugh Green, known in Ireland as Hugo.

Mrs Green set up the trust to continue his philanthropic legacy and to give back to the people of New Zealand.

Husband and trust chairman Mark Owens said the trust’s charitable purposes spanned widely from poverty to disabilities, health, and education, including funding medical care to improve health outcomes.

“The Hawthorndale model of a village where people in need of aged care, including those living with dementia, will thrive.”

Hawthorndale working group member Paddy O’Brien said they were “delighted” to receive the donation and, in recognition, would be naming the village theatre, the Hugo Theatre.

The new care village would replace the existing Calvary Hospital operation, and existing residents would be offered the option to move to there at the time of completion.

With more than 90% of project funding in place, plans to begin construction in the first half of 2022 were “firming up”.

The project had $2.7 million left to raise via donations, having secured $3.8 million of donated funds during the past 18 months.

It brought the overall funding to $30.3 million, compared to the required $33 million development sum.