Toowoomba Hospice Grant Drives Community Service

The Toowoomba Hospice has been serving the local community for 17 years providing free palliative and respite care based on mutual respect, trust, and individual needs. 

Now thanks to a $34,000 gambling community benefit fund grant the Hospice will be able to continue to deliver for the Toowoomba community. 

“This grant will allow us to purchase a new car,” Toowoomba Hospice Chairman Graham Barron said. 

“We use the vehicle to deliver general supplies but also to provide medical supplies all over Toowoomba, so it’s an integral part of our business,” Mr Barron said. 

Built by the community at a cost of $1.2 million, the facility provides six beds for people in their final stages of life. 

Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki commended the work the Hospice is doing for the community.

“The Toowoomba Hospice has been designed to provide a home like atmosphere for the terminally ill,” Mr Janetzki said.

“It plays an essential role for the Darling Downs community, ensuring families can spend their last days with loved ones in a safe and supportive environment,” he said. 

Mr Barron said that as part of the Hospice’s 17th anniversary planning, the organisation is aiming to install solar panels on the roof of their O’Quinn street facility, to expand their 'Going Green' plan.

With the savings received on their electricity bills, the Hospice is hoping those funds can be redistributed towards their service of providing safe, quality palliative care to clients in the community.