Cayman HospiceCare has received a boost of $100,000 from a local bank to assist with the building of its new facility.
Deutsche Bank Chief Country Officer Janet Hislop and Director David Dyer presented the check to Governor Helen Kilpatrick, patron of HospiceCare, at the bank’s office on Thursday.
Mrs. Kilpatrick said it was a great donation from the bank.
“Derek’s [Haines’s] marathon challenge has been fantastic, and what I think is brilliant is that people are still continuing to contribute after he has finished his challenge,” she said.
Ms. Hislop said the bank has been donating to HospiceCare for several years. “The organization did a presentation in the bank years ago and floated the idea of wanting a home for HospiceCare because they felt they would be able to deliver better services and care to the people they serve,” she said. The bank agreed with them.
For Deutsche Bank, she said, it was really important to contribute in a meaningful way to the community and help to enhance the lives of staff and their families. “Everybody is touched by the work that HospiceCare does and it is a really good fit for the bank,” she said.
HospiceCare chairman Chis Duggan said the money would go far, along with more than $1 million collected by Cayman’s veteran marathon runner Derek Haines. He thanked the bank for their incredible generosity. “This donation of $100,000 is over and above what they have supported HospiceCare from an operational standpoint.” He said that over the years the bank has continued to support HospiceCare with annual grants.
Mr. Duggan said Deutsche Bank’s donation is separate from HospiceCare Flag Day and regular fundraisers.
“Derek’s [Haines’s} $1 million dollar was run by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. Once those funds are in, the money will be donated to HospiceCare to be held in a segregated building fund. HospiceCare has to raise $1,800 every day to fund operations for the year,” he said.
Mr. Haines said he is extremely pleased by the generous donation by Deutsche Bank. He said it certainly put a “spring in his step” when he was running his six money-raising marathons.
“The whole Cayman Islands seems to have gotten behind it, and pretty much all of the money has been collected for the new building. There is still $150,000 to come, but that is not a problem,” he said.
According to Mr. Haines, the cost of the building has not been decided, but to get things moving along, a small team from HospiceCare was heading to North Carolina in the very near future to look at practices there. John Doak is working on the architecture, Dart has donated the land and a number of companies and services have donated material. “Hopefully the new building will be up and running within two years,” Haines said.