In its first major fundraiser, the Heartland Community Hospice Foundation has raised over $17,000 to help make hospice rooms more comfortable for patients and their families.
 
Handcuffs for the Hospice, held May 3 at Lakeview Inn and Suites, saw some good-spirited nominees arrested and thrown behind bars for a worthy cause. The nominees were set free once friends, family members and coworkers posted their bail money.
 
“It was a super success for our first year and we couldn't be more thrilled,” said hospice foundation president Lisa Makin.
 
Nominees included mayor Gale Katchur, city manager Troy Fleming, realtor Tawnie Misik, radio host Ryan Connop, managers from Straightline Chrysler and a number of other teachers and business leaders.
 
Makin said the foundation is currently advocating to bring a hospice to Fort Saskatchewan.
 
“We have been told that one is coming, so this money will go to support items that are not covered by Alberta Health Services that will help create a more home feel to a hospital room.”
 
Fridges, decor, microwave ovens and cozy quilts are among the items that will be on the foundation’s shopping list as it works to make hospital rooms more livable.
 
Makin, who said the fundraiser will be back next year, is grateful to the community.
 
“We kind of had a short window of opportunity to get this put together. And the support was there in droves,” she said. “And I couldn't be more happy with the success this year."

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