SECU presents $1 Million challenge grant to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- SECU Foundation, funded solely by State Employees’ Credit Union members, recently announced a challenge grant of $1 million to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County. This is the largest gift to date for the campaign. A check presentation ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. December 19 at the construction site* off Old Hwy. 17 in Bolivia.

“We are overjoyed at the news,” said Sibyl and WJ McLamb, chairs of the Closer to Home Capital Campaign. “We are thrilled to receive such a generous gift from the members of SECU. A gift of this magnitude demonstrates the need our community has for the inpatient hospice facility.”

“Hospice houses have become a standard of care that is available to most residents in North Carolina and around the country,” said Laurie Bystrom, President and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. “It will be wonderful for our neighbors, families and friends in Brunswick County to have this facility closer to home.” she said. “This gift brings us so much closer to our campaign goal of $3.5 million.”

The seven-bed SECU Hospice House will serve patients and families of Brunswick County in North Carolina. It will offer medical and respite care in a comfortable, homelike environment. Patients will be admitted for around-the-clock pain and symptom monitoring, for family members to gain caregiving skills or receive rest from caregiving, and if home care is not possible during the last days of life.

“Many of our members have been touched by hospice care, so this project is in line with the goals of the SECU Foundation,” said Clay Hughes, Vice President and SECU City Executive for Shallotte. “This pledge to Brunswick County will keep our families closer to home.”

“My heartfelt thanks to SECU’s local Brunswick County advisory board for its support and to the SECU Foundation and its members for their generous gift,” said Cindy Cheatham, Development Manager. “Their commitment to their community and their members will help us in our plans to succeed, to serve our neighbors closer to home.”

“The SECU Foundation is pleased to partner with Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter to fill the obvious need for an inpatient hospice facility in the Brunswick community,” commented SECU Foundation Board Chair Shirley Bell.

The SECU Foundation challenge stipulates Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter must raise an additional $500,000 to receive the SECU funding. The McLambs extend their invitation to everyone in Brunswick County to join them and SECU in support of this project. They say, “If everyone gave a gift that they are proud of, we will meet our goal, maybe even exceed it. Wouldn’t that just be something?”

Donations to the Closer to Home Capital Campaign may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or made safely and securely online at www.BrunswickClosertoHome.org. For more information, contact Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation at 910-796-7900.

The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health, housing, and human services.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides professional health care and comfort to people with life-limiting illness and offers hope, support, and education to patients, families, and communities in Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties.

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