Helen’s HUGs

Helen's HUG Necklace

A beautiful necklace inspired by Gerald’s original wooden HUG.

A way to remember.
There is no more poignant symbol of hospice-palliative care than the image of the handcrafted HUG’s originally created by Gerald Shearer. Gerald’s wife Helen died on the Palliative Care program before she had a chance to thank the many staff and volunteers who cared for her during her illness. Helen was a natural “hugger” so in her memory Gerald handmade and presented each staff member with Helen’s HUG. Since that time Gerald has crafted and donated thousands of wooden HUGS to the Hospice Society. They are then painted by many individuals and group volunteers in the community before being shared with the caring people in our compassionate community.

A new way to remember!

New in December 2019, The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society will have a new way to remember the love shared by Gerald and Helen.  Thanks to our community partner Beck & Boosh, a necklace inspired by the original wooden hug will become the newest product to launch in our HUG line of products.   It is the hope of Colchester East Hants Hospice Society that these new items will help spread the wonderful message of gratitude and love from Gerald and Helen’s original story to people everywhere in order to share and enjoy the gift of a HUG.  More items will be added in 2020 so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information.

The perfect gift.
Helen’s HUG’s have been requested and sent around the world including France, England, Afghanistan, throughout the US, and Canada, raising awareness about the importance of community support and quality of care at end of life. All HUG’s products will be available to the community here in Colchester East-Hants during the Valentine’s season through local businesses. A HUG makes the perfect gift for friends, family and loved ones especially as they remember those special individuals in their lives who have died. All donations go towards our Hospice Society programming including Palliative Volunteer Visiting and Family Centered Grief and Bereavement Support.

Resources

  • HUG’s and hug products will be available year round by contacting us online.
  • Chocolate HUG’s can be purchased by contacting The Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop, or through Colchester East Hants retailers just in time for Valentine’s day every year.

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WE ARE GETTING CLOSER!

Thank you for your continued support and patience! If you haven't had an opportunity to purchase our NEW Bucket List Lotto ticket, please reach out to us at (902) 893-3265!

We look forward to drawing our next 50/50 winner as soon as we are able!
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Thank you to Local Love Truro, all of the artists who participated and to everyone who bid (and kept the bidding going). We are very grateful for the support!THANK YOU to everyone who helped us raise $886 for the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society! 🧡

To the artists who generously donated their time and talents and to the many people who bid on these amazing, unique, local tote bags, we THANK YOU!

To all of the WINNERS/ top bidders, please make your payment by sending an e-transfer to info@cehhospice.org (please make the security answer “auction”). Once your payment has been confirmed, we will arrange delivery of your TOTEally ARTsome bag!
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You have until 7 pm AST on Sunday, May 31 to bid and support our Hospice Society!

Tote-ally Art-some Auction for Hospice.
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Thank you for your continued support and patience! If you haven't had an opportunity to purchase our NEW Bucket List Lotto ticket, please reach out to us at (902) 893-3265!

We look forward to drawing our next 50/50 winner as soon as we are able!
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The Local Love Truro Tote-ally Art-some Auction for Hospice is now LIVE (until May 31). Start your bidding now!Our TOTEally ARTsome Auction in support of Colchester East Hants Hospice Society is now LIVE (until 7:00 pm, May 31)!

Please read through the RULES* before bidding on these ten amazing Truro Famous tote bags created by local artists in our community... Each artist was given full creative license to create what they wanted (while still including the Truro Famous logo, of course;)

*THE RULES:

• Bidding will start at $25 for each bag
• Please comment on the photo of the tote bag that you would like to bid on
• Each incremental bid must be an increase of at least $2 (make sure to read through all of the comments so you know the current highest bid)
• You'll want to check back often so you don't miss out!
• On Sunday, May 31 at 7:00 pm, we will close the auction and the person who bid the highest will be directed to make their donation to the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society and we will arrange to get their bag to them.

Thank you to our artists and HAPPY BIDDING!
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"With no government funding, the hospice society relies heavily on fundraisers and donations... Harrison says this change has already allowed the team to put their focus back on developing programs and services."

https://hubnow.ca/colchester-east-hants-hospice-society-changes-bucket-list-fundraiser-due-to-pandemic-need-for-support-services/?fbclid=IwAR0fWiMoWyHDVdSoCiEipre27fv2s89GAa5l_dKvs35Z0IzzqfQ1HyG1zzg

As we head into the weekend, don’t forget to visit our website for access to our grief and bereavement resources.

Included, you'll find information on:

• Coping with Grief for Adults
• Coping with Grief for Kids
• Rituals from Home
• And more...

https://cehhospice.org/grief-bereavement/

If there was ever a time for a HUG, this is it. With our friend, @sherfitch, we are asking you to share a photo of you with your painted Hospice HUG to send a virtual HUG to those who need it in our community.

Tag us @cehhospice + use the hashtag #hugforhospice

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Looks like you found one of our HUGS for Hospice, @sherfitch! Thank you for spreading the message. And a HUG right back to you. 🤗 #hugforhospice #sendahug #InThisTogether

https://cehhospice.org/hugs/

Management of the Sobeys store on Prince Street in Truro donated flowers to @cehhospice which in turn donated them to staff and physicians at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. We are grateful to Sobeys for supporting the community even more than they already have.

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