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Shriners donate $10K for Sudbury hospice pediatric care

Funding goes to pediatric room and pediatric palliative care at Maison McCulloch Hospice
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Taking part in the donation event were, left to right, Shriners Dick Stewart, Julie Aubé (Executive Director, Maison McCulloch Hospice), Barry Tooley, Trevor Sykes, Dick McIvor, and Charles Searle.

Sudbury Shriners have stepped up with a $10,000 donation to the Maison McCulloch Hospice.

As the oldest service club in Sudbury, having been incorporated in 1922, the Sudbury Shrine Club said it was looking for ways during its centennial year to give back to the Sudbury community. 

The club decided that in the summer of 2022, it would contribute to the McCulloch Hospice to not only decorate the pediatric room, but also to help create an atmosphere for those needing pediatric palliative care.

"With this donation, the hospice will paint the pediatric room using soft calming colors. We will purchase bedding and fixtures to create an environment suitable to various age groups allowing our young residents to feel more at home," said a news release from Maison McCulloch.

“Families will have the opportunity to travel to their favorite destinations from the comfort of their room with four virtual reality goggles. Siblings can game together using the PlayStation-5 and various games," said the release.

The hospice also expressed thanks to the Shriners for its ongoing generosity.

Maison McCulloch Hospice is a 27,000 square foot building on South Bay Road which provides 20 rooms with beds and individual bathrooms for residents that would benefit from a palliative approach to care. 

The hospice describes the facility as having unique architecture which provides a residence which looks and feels like home rather than an acute or long-term care facility, and provides individuals with privacy yet open access to common spaces to interact with other residents and service providers.