One of Hospice of Windsor and Essex County's annual fund raising campaigns is underway.

The 11th annual Face-to-Face Campaign started this week. It involves the recruitment of 500 people who each ask 10 family members or friends for $10 each.

Since it first started in 2002 the campaign has raised half a million dollars.

Hospice needs about $3.2 million a year to operate and offer its programs and services.

There's some good news according to executive director Carol Derbyshire. She says the local health integration network has approved plans to establish a 10-bed residential home in Leamington.

But that costs money.

"The folks out in Leamington, there's a terrific group from the hospital. Some are community leaders and families that have been touched by hospice are coming together, and they're raising the money to build the residential home, and we're hoping over the next year to get it all done," Derbyshire said. "It's an ambitious target."

The local group is committed to raising $6 million for the new residential home.

"The last couple of years, 40 per cent of our patients coming into our residential home here in Windsor have been from the county," Derbyshire said. "So I think that speaks to the need in the county."