SURREY, B.C. – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) has gifted $20,000 to the Abbotsford Hospice Society’s (AHS) new adult hospice. The contribution will go towards the creation of a water feature in the future garden of Holmberg House set to break ground in January, 2013.
Scott Olson, President of the FVREB, explains, “REALTORS® devote themselves to helping people find the perfect home. Holmberg House will be exactly that. As the final home for so many special people, we wanted to help make it feel as welcoming and comforting as possible.”
The feature, designed specifically for the grounds of Holmberg House, is a waterfall flowing into a pebble stream surrounded by garden foliage. The building itself will be the only hospice in Abbotsford to provide holistic care in a non-institutional setting with patient suites large enough to accommodate visiting family and friends.
The 10-bed facility will care for patients as young as 19 facing terminal illness. AHS requires 12 million dollars for the capital costs and is currently halfway to meeting its goal. Debbie Lehmann is the Executive Director. “We are absolutely thrilled with this donation and in particular the intent behind it.
“The Board members put a lot of thought into how to make the donation special for our residents and meaningful for the REALTORS® of Fraser Valley who made it possible. We’re sure the water feature will be a favourite place for relaxation and reflection for everyone the hospice serves.”
For over 25 years, the AHS has helped the terminally ill in the Abbotsford region while also providing bereavement support for families, along with public education, outreach and community referrals. For more information, go to www.abbotsfordhospice.org.
The FVREB is an association of 2,855 professionals serving the real estate needs of the communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission. For more information, go to www.fvreb.bc.ca.