Harbour Hospice has reacted strongly to the suggestion that the relationship between the organiser of its charitable exhibition, and Estuary Arts Centre has ‘soured’ over a hike in fees (HM May 19).
In a joint statement from Estuary Arts Charitable Trust chair Samantha Cranston and Harbour Hospice chief executive Jan Nichols, the two organisations say they have worked together for 15 years, running a successful event that has raised vital funds for palliative care patients in the Hibiscus Coast community.
“There is no sour relationship, and everyone involved wants to continue to focus on creating what we know will be an exciting weekend,” the statement says.
Ms Nichols said that, like hospice, Estuary Arts was impacted by Covid-19.
“We completely understand and respect the need to increase the hire fee,” Ms Nichols says. “They have been incredibly generous over the years and we both have a shared goal of getting the best possible outcome for the event.”
The exhibition will be held this weekend, from June 4 to 7. Entry is by donation.
Hibiscus Matters acknowledges that an error was made in the length of time stated that the exhibition has been running.