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Humble Beginnings

Moves to establish a Hospice service for West Auckland began with the calling of a public meeting at Kelston Community Centre on February 21 1986, chaired by His Worship the Mayor of Waitemata City Mr Tim Shadbolt.  On May 20, volunteers were called for to form a Steering Committee, and on May 29 the inaugural meeting of the West Auckland Hospice Steering Committee was held at ‘The Homestead’ Pt Chevalier. In December the West Auckland Hospice Charitable Trust Deed was formally signed, and the Steering Committee formed a Board of Trustees.  The Hospice West Auckland eight founding trustees were Maureen Brooker, Sir Tom Clark, Dr Ritchie Gilmour, Lois Holmes, Dianne Paton, Peter Sinclair, Victor Sunde and Philip Revell.