Dover Park Hospice raises more than $1m for terminally ill

SINGAPORE - Dover Park Hospice (DPH) raised more than $1 million for the care of terminally ill patients at its annual gala ball on Friday night.

Almost 600 people attended the Sunflower Gala Ball at the Shangri-La Hotel, at which the guest of honour was Health Minister Mr Gan Kim Yong, who was accompanied by his wife Mrs Esther Gan.

DPH was founded in 1992 by Dr Seet Ai Mee and Dr Jerry Lim as a secular, non-profit organisation to meet the growing need for hospice care. Since then, it has cared for more than 9,000 terminally ill patients.

Its recent increased focus on training and expanded patient intake has seen its operating expenditure rise from $12 million in 2014-2015 to $13.5 million in the current financial year.

Speaking at the gala, DPH Governing Council chairman Prof Lionel Lee said: "We are all aware of the high expenses incurred by modern medical treatment.

"Understanding our patients and trying to make easy and peaceful passage at the end of life is not cheap either. It is labour intensive. It takes time and effort of staff and volunteers. This year we have taken on the challenge of managing end-stage dementia, this takes a lot of energy and patience."

He added that 40 per cent of all annual DPH expenses are supported by donations and fundraising, and thanked the donors present for their generosity.

The menu for the ball was created by Singapore chef Justin Quek in collaboration with the hotel's culinary team.

oliviaho@sph.com.sg