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St Francis Hospice opens Garden of Remembrance

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GARDEN LAUNCH: The St Francis Hospice Garden of Remembrance officially opened to the public on Mandela Day, in memory of lost loved ones.

St Francis Hospice has been an integral part of the Nelson Mandela Bay community since its opened its doors in October 1986.

St Francis Hospice provides palliative care to the community and offers a holistic programme of comprehensive home-based care and support to about 400 patients in the final stages of a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, HIV/Aids, motor neurone disease and TB, at no cost.

"Most of our patients cannot afford medical aid and only wish to spend their last few days at home. We as the hospice make sure that their wishes are granted and provide them with highly skilled and caring doctors, nurses and volunteers who visit them on a weekly if not daily basis to ensure they are comfortable and to ease their pain," said Lynn van Vuuren, events manager at St Francis Hospice.

St Francis Hospice celebrated nearly 31 years of existence with the opening of the Garden of Remembrance, where staff from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Investec and Adient, and family members of the deceased planted trees in memory of their loved ones.

Investec and Adient sponsored plaques for those who cannot afford to purchase a spot.

"That is what makes the Nelson Mandela Bay truly unique: when we give, we give in abundance," Van Vuuren said.

"We are humbled to open our beautiful gardens to family members to enjoy a quiet moment with their loved ones."

Issued by: St Francis Hospice

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