Kind darters target hospice

Sports are a way for people to better themselves.

In turn sporting bodies serve as an avenue to benefit the community.

Most sports on-island meet both criteria and the latest of which is darts.

Last week the Cayman Islands Darts Association presented the Cayman Islands Hospice Care with a $500 donation.

Darts association Vice President Philip Parsons presented the check to Hospice Care medical director Dr. Virginia Hobday. Nurses Heather Huizinga and Felecia McLean were on-hand for the donation.

The money was proceeds from the annual Marjorie Bodden Memorial tournament in May, one of the three biggest on the local darts scene.

The tournament was in memory of Marjorie Bodden, who was an active member of the darts community. Bodden was also a caregiver at the Hospice Care. She died some years ago from cancer.

Parsons spoke of the reasons behind the donation. ‘Marjorie’s husband George Bodden chose to give the proceeds to the Hospice Care. The darts association gave their blessings to that request as we all feel it is a worthy cause.

‘We will donate to this charity in the future and certainly for each Marjorie Bodden tournament in the years to come.’

The main office for the Hospice Care is located in the conch shell house on North Sound Road near CUC. The Hospice Care is a community organization that provides end-of-life care to all Cayman residents. It typically serves as an alternative to end-of-life care in a hospital.

As Dr. Hobday states the Hospice Care’s presence in the community depends on donations.

‘We simply would not exist if we didn’t have donations from the public. The Hospice Care provides an entirely free service where people can die in the comfort of their homes instead of a hospital and be well-cared for.’

Nurse McLean has been with the Hospice Care nearly four years. Her perspective on the organization is unique in that her professional background includes a stint at a local hospital.

For her donations like that from the darts association empowers her to continue her work.

‘I’m very grateful for what Philip and his people have done. Every little bit helps because everything we do is all possible one donation at a time.

‘It’s a blessing because I know our service makes a difference to someone. Years after I give care to someone his/her family members come back to me and express their gratitude for our work.’

Nurse Huizinga concurred with Nurse McLean and spoke of the impact the Hospice Care has.

‘Hospitals have a very rigid and busy structure as patients’ families can only visit at certain times. Meanwhile at home patients can enjoy peace and quiet and be with their loved ones at any time.

‘At the Hospice Care we guide families and follow through with people from the beginning to the end. After death we are still involved with families. Many times they tell you the difference it makes when loved ones have their wishes met.’