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Tag sale will benefit new Northumberland hospice

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Supporters of the new Northumberland Hospice Care Centre expect many fundraisers will be required to get the project to fruition.

One will be coming up Saturday, as a longtime supporter puts many amazing items up for a tag sale, where 100% of the proceeds will go to the cause.

Community Care Northumberland, which provides hospice and palliative-care services for the county, announced the approval of the Northumberland Hospice Care Centre in May, when Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins visited their Cobourg office.

The six-bed facility, expected to open in March 2019, would be designed to provide care givers and families with seamless access to information, support, referral options and supportive programming.

Last month, a Hamilton Township site was announced for its location.

Volunteer Selena Forsyth announced the tag sale this week, on the occasion of her friend Jennifer Darrell downsizing. Having chosen all she wishes to take along, Darrell and her friends are setting up a tag sale for the remainder.

"We are encouraging people to come look at some beautiful pieces," Forsyth said.

A lovely variety of furniture, antiques and accessories (including kitchen items) is up for grabs, as well as some very interesting books. The volunteers are actually cataloguing these books into various categories for your shopping convenience, and Forsyth said this is a chance to pick up some magnificent hard-covers for a great price.

Darrell's home was also known for its splendid gardens, and a wonderful array of outdoor pottery, ceramics and other garden accessories is worth a look for the avid horticulturalist.

Saturday's sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, weather permitting, the garden items will be set out on the patio (or in the garage, in case of rain).

On-street parking is not idea at this address, Forsyth said, but there will be parking on the property with volunteers directing the drivers.

Meanwhile, Forsyth has provided directions to 106 Fenton Rd., northwest of Grafton and north of Highway 401, which include signage to the event.

  • From Cobourg north -- Go east on Danforth-Densmore Road past Extendicare for 12 km. to the stop sign at Gully and Massey roads. Follow the signs from this intersection.
  • From Cobourg south -- Go east on County Road 2 to Gully Road, then north on Gully Road to Massey then east. Follow the signs from this intersection.
  • From Grafton -- Go west on County Rd. 2 to Gully Road, then north on Gully to Massey, then east. Follow the signs from the intersection.