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River City “House 4 Hospice” sold

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River City “House 4 Hospice” sold

23 June 2008: Hospice Wanganui is $189,000 better off following the recent sale of a house in the city that was donated, renovated and marketed for free with all of the proceeds from the sale going to support the local palliative care provider.

The sale of the “House 4 Hospice” at 9a Kotare Street in suburban Aramoho went unconditional recently following an extensive marketing campaign managed by Pearse Kinchella from the Wanganui office of Harcourts Wakelin Real Estate, an official supporter of Hospice Wanganui.

The three-bedroom house was given to Hospice Wanganui by an anonymous donor last year and then relocated to a large section donated by Wanganui couple Clarry and Penny Inwood. The house was then renovated and the section landscaped at no cost to the charity thanks to the generous support of around 70 volunteers, tradespeople and professionals along with various local businesses, including major sponsor Mitre 10. Harcourts Wanganui then stepped in with a free marketing campaign.

Hospice Wanganui Funding Manager Simon Aitken says achieving a successful conclusion to the fundraising project is “absolutely brilliant”. “A special thank you has to go to all who contributed, the support we have had has been superb,” he says, praising Harcourts for their “outstanding job” in marketing the property and securing a sale.

Grant Wakelin, the Director of Harcourts Wakelin Real Estate which owns eight offices in the central and lower North Island and earlier this year entered into a three-year partnership with Hospice Wanganui, says Harcourts Wanganui has been thrilled to be involved in the House 4 Hospice campaign. “Hospice Wanganui provides a valuable service and we’re delighted to be involved with them, particularly in a project like House 4 Hospice which is something we can really add our specialist expertise to,” he says.

Harcourts Wanganui Sales Consultant Pearse Kinchella says while an earlier auction had not achieved a sale the marketing campaign associated with it had helped “expose the property to the market”, with the recent sale to a client of Harcourts Sales Consultant Catherine Kennedy resulting from follow-up efforts. “We’re all very proud to have been a part of this fundraising campaign,” he says.


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