We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
for older adults and adults living with disabilities.
Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
We are a non-profit diagnostic imaging clinic providing
X-ray, Ultrasound, Mammography and Bone Mineral Density
testing services. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality
imaging services to our patients in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
I am writing to ask if you would sponsor “Mark’s Team" on our “Hike for Hospice” walk on Sunday, May 6th in support of the Kensington Hospice, a 10-bed residence for end-of-life care located at 38 Major Street (near College and Spadina). Mark’s Team consists of me, my family and extended family members, including 2 dogs! I have made a donation of $1,000; 10% of my goal to raise $10,000!
I am very passionate about the value of Hospice care, as are so many others that work or volunteer at Kensington and the hundreds of families whose loved ones have been cared for at Kensington Hospice. The Kensington Hospice story is quite remarkable; partly because of the foresight and determination of Kensington and its “if we build it, they will come” philosophy. By “they”, I mean the Ontario Ministry of Health; Kensington knew the residents and their families would come, and they have.
For years following the Ministry’s closure in 1998 of The Doctors Hospital, Kensington (the new name of the Doctors Hospital corporation) urged the Ministry in every way possible to provide funding for Hospice care on the former hospital site. Kensington felt the need for Hospice care was so acute that it proceeded to build and operate a first-in-class 10-bed Hospice in a renovated historic chapel on the Doctors’ Hospital site- originally the Chapel of St. John the Divine built in 1888, which subsequently served as a hospital for women for several decades. The Kensington Hospice was built at a cost of about $6M with funds from the Kensington Foundation (formerly the Doctors’ Hospital Foundation), a loan from Infrastructure Ontario and private donations, including from some of you. The Hospice opened its doors to its first resident in August 2011.
Since then, Kensington has proven the value of Hospice care and has become such a model of excellence that the Ministry began funding a portion of the cost of its operation (about 65%) in 2014 and, in 2017, offered similar partial funding for an additional 9 beds to be built at Kensington. That will make Kensington Hospice the largest residential hospice facility in the GTA. Currently, Kensington’s 10 beds are the only residential hospice beds for adults in the City of Toronto. There are only 341 hospice beds in all of Ontario.
Kensington Hospice continues to operate in large part because of donations from people like you and me.
If you would like to make a donation to support my effort to raise $10,000 for Kensington Hospice, no matter how small (or large!), you can do so on-line here. Select “Donate”, then scroll to “Donate to a Team”, then search for “Mark’s Team”, scroll to the bottom and click on my name, then click on “Donate Now”.
Thanks for considering donating in support of Mark’s Team!
ADDRESS: Kensington Foundation
25 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto ON, M5S 2L9