MUFG donates to HospiceCare

Jess Deegenaars of MUFG, left, and Ricardo Dabrio present the check to Kerrie McMillan, fundraising and events coordinator at Cayman HospiceCare. - Photo: Jewel Levy

MUFG Investor Services showed its support for Cayman HospiceCare with a $1,000 donation on Thursday.

Jess Deegenaars, executive and marking assistant at MUFG, along with Ricardo Dabrio presented the check to Kerrie McMillan, fundraising and events coordinator at HospiceCare’s West Bay offices.

The donation was the result of a terminated trust that needed to be donated to a Cayman Islands-based charity.

Elaine Walker, MUFG legal counsel, emailed staff to ask if they had a favorite charity for the donation. The charity needed to be a Cayman Islands-registered nonprofit organization for charitable purposes offered to the public.

Sonia Powell’s suggestion of Cayman HospiceCare was selected.

Felicia McLean, director of operations and nursing at HospiceCare, said the hospice service is grateful for the support. She thanked MUFG for hosting a volunteer day earlier this year, adding, “We have become good friends with MUFG in that regards. They are strong supporters of us and we couldn’t do what we do without it.”

She also said all of the donation will go into patient care, which helps to pay for nurses’ visits, equipment, medication and whatever support a family needs.

“Our services are provided free, and because of donations like this we continue to offer the services free of charge to the people in the Cayman Islands,” Ms. McLean said.

She explained that HospiceCare is for people who have terminal or chronic illnesses. HospiceCare nurses and volunteers help with pain management and provide holistic services such as massages and music to help augment treatments from nurses and physicians.

HospiceCare is in the process of building a facility that will house its administration and patient care services under one roof.

“We are super excited; the blocks are going up and hopefully in the next 12 to 18 months, we will have our purpose-built facility, which again would not be possible without the support of the community,” Ms. McLean said.

For the past year, HospiceCare offices have been above Duke’s in Trafalgar Place, West Bay Road.

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