The Townsend Smith Foundation is moving one step closer to its vision of a hospice in North Halton. Milton Council agreed its July 8 Council meeting to investigate Chris Hadfield Park at the corner of Steeles and Martin as a possible site for the facility.
“We are so delighted that the Town of Milton recognizes the benefit of giving those near the end of life an option to die with dignity nearer to home,” said John Barrett, TSF President. “Residents of Milton, Georgetown and Acton, as well as the communities in between, could soon have the peace of mind that a residential hospice provides in their final days.” The potential hospice is centrally located to all communities and the organization will begin a $10 million dollar fundraising campaign.
“On behalf of the Town of Milton, we are pleased to explore opportunities for Townsend Smith Foundation in Milton,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “I know a hospice facility would be a great benefit for Milton and North Halton communities.”
Residential hospices are built by communities. Once a hospice is built, government funding can cover some of its operational costs. A hospice comes together with the support of private and corporate citizens in the form of donations of land, money, and expertise. At the moment, the Foundation is focused on finding a suitable property and raising the $3.5-5 million necessary to build a ten-bed facility for residents of Milton and North Halton.