The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust Board (UCHT) is a community group formed by a group of Wanaka residents to develop a palliative and respite care facility in the Upper Clutha for the benefit of those suffering from terminal illnesses. The UCHT also provides financial support for those with terminal illnesses in the Upper Clutha, who are experiencing financial difficulties.
The Trust’s concept is to provide facilities and support for the terminally ill that is not provided by other parties in the Upper Clutha. The Trust works alongside other service providers such as the Otago Community Hospice, the Cancer Society, Aged Care providers etc to augment what is available to Upper Clutha residents.
On September 30, 2016, the UCHT opened its Stina Mooyman Palliative Care Suite in the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre on Cardrona Valley Road in Wanaka, adjacent to the Wanaka Medical Centre.
Since its formation in 2013, the UCHT has operated shops selling second hand items donated by the community, to provide operating funds. Over the years since its formation, the Trust has developed sufficient accumulated funds to fund its support activities for the foreseeable future. Effective June 1, 2023, the Trust transferred its retail shops and supporting warehouse to the Otago Community Hospice, to provide operating funds in the Upper Clutha to the OCH. The services provided by the UCHT to the terminally ill will remain unchanged.
The UCHT is a registered charity with the Charities Commission number CC49439
The UCHT is an independent Upper Clutha organisation and all funds raised are used to the benefit of the Upper Clutha community. Although it works with the Otago Community Hospice (OCH) to support terminally ill patients in the Upper Clutha, the UCHT is not part of the OCH and is not affiliated with Hospice NZ.