Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody know all to well the how important this new six bed satellite South Grey Bruce Hospice site will be to families.
He has personally pledged to give ten thousand dollars over his term as mayor towards the fundraising campaign.
This is an issue near and dear to Peabody's heart.
17 years ago with no local hospice available, Peabody’s first wife died at home rather than in hospital.
Peabody says this was especially trying since his boys were only 2 and 4 years old at the time.
Having a residential hospice would have been a great comfort during this very difficult time.
As such, Peabody is passionate about this project and eager to throw his support and dollars behind it.
Brockton Council recently agreed in principal to donate land in Walkerton’s East Ridge Business Park where the future satellite residential hospice will be constructed.
Peabody calls it is an important project that he is confident the entire community will rally behind.
Grey Bruce Hospice Chair Ken Brown doesn’t anticipate any fundraising hurdles, saying people are eager to give.
The fundraising campaign won’t kick off until Fall, and already Brown says about 50 people have come forth with donations.
Brown says establishing a hospice in this region is like a “mom and apple pie issue, people love it, they want to support it, they want to donate to it, they want to participate, they want to volunteer, they just want us to make it happen.”