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St Francis Hospice celebrates its 31st year of existence

St Francis Hospice Blog

CELEBRATION: This year marks a very special phase for St Francis Hospice as it celebrates its 31st year of existence. Additionally, their founder and matron, Sr. Lesley Lawson, is one of three nominees for the Herald, GM Citizen of the Year Award.

It has been a year of many firsts for Hospice, as they launched their Garden of Remembrance on Mandela Day, and introduced Superhero Friday which will be celebrated every year in October. This is done to create awareness of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

The public are invited to enjoy an evening of Christmas Carols on 14 December in the beautiful Hospice gardens in Taybank. There is no admission charge and families are welcome to bring along picnic baskets and blankets.

Furthermore, there is an open invitation to ordinary people to make a difference in their immediate community by becoming Hospice Heroes. A monthly donation of as little as R50 per month, via debit order, will ensure that the donor is entered into a draw to win R10 000. The draw will take place on 7 December.

The Tree of Light will once again be on display at the Moffatt on Main Centre, where the public can buy a light in memory of a loved one. To quote fundraiser, Lynn Van Vuuren, “If we had to choose only one goal, it would be that our patients’ last days are as comfortable and pain-free as possible” .

St Francis Hospice provides home-based palliative care to over 200 patients in the Metro living with life-limiting illnesses such as Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Motor Neurone Disease. The service is available to patients and their families more often than not, at no cost to the family. To receive Hospice care a referral form from the patient’s doctor is required.

Van Vuuren says the organisation relies heavily on corporate funding as well as the support of the general public, for its existence. Their kindness enables the Hospice to continue to be able to offer a caring service of care and compassion to terminal patients in the Metro. She added that companies and individuals can benefit from tax breaks by donating as Hospice is a registered Public Benefit Organisation.

Another first for Hospice early next year, is the Carnival and Superhero Fun-Run, which will be hosted on 3 March in Summerstrand. All forms of donation are welcome and volunteers, sponsorship and participation are needed to make this event successful. There will be loads of fun and activities such as a Granny and Grandpa Look-Alike competition, Craft Beer Competition, Best Dressed Superhero Awards, food stalls, games and entertainment. This event is to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Please contact Lynn on Tel: 041 360 7070 or email: lynn@stfrancishospice.za.org for more information.

Issued by St Francis Hospice

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