Final funding push for care village

The proposed entrance of the Hawthorndale Care Village. Image: Supplied

THE Hawthorndale Care Village Charitable Trust launched Gift a Tree this week, in an effort to raise the last funding for the $33m development.

The project aims to develop an aged care facility inspired by the world leading Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk, which removes the “hospital feel” and replaces it with residents living in small groups in houses where the rhythm of everyday living is tailored to each resident.

In 18 months, the trust had secured $30.3m — but still had $2.7m to go.

Hawthorndale working group member Paddy O’Brien said the campaign, in partnership with SBS Bank, would give people the opportunity to make a donation towards planting a tree in remembrance of loved ones who could not enjoy the village.

People could donate at a level they were comfortable with or $500, he said.

“The money they donate buys a tree for the extensive village gardens.

“We know it’s not the same as having loved ones back with us, but we hope some comfort might be found in these trees for families experiencing the devastating effects of dementia.’

Mr O’Brien believed the project represented an opportunity to redefine aged care in New Zealand, starting in Southland.

“By donating now, you can be part of the legacy to give elderly people in need of care, and those living with dementia, freedom, a sense of purpose and better health and wellbeing outcomes.”

SBS Bank group chief executive Shaun Drylie said it was a perfect alignment for the Southland organisation to be partnering with the trust on such an innovative and enduring project.

“Planting a remembrance tree is a wonderful way to help keep special memories of loved ones at the forefront of our minds.”

  • People wanting to gift a tree to the Hawthorndale village project could donate at an SBS Bank branch or at