Hospice staff multitask, for a cause

2016-10-12 06:00
Khanya Hospice staff with Neil McDonald (back, right) with some of the blankets they have crocheted. Photo: supplied

Khanya Hospice staff with Neil McDonald (back, right) with some of the blankets they have crocheted. Photo: supplied

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TO work for Hospice you have to multitask, says CEO, Neil McDonald.

Whenever the staff get some “spare time” the needles and wool comes out, and the crocheting and knitting starts. All for a good cause, for Hospice patients.

“We don’t only see to their medical needs, we also have to see to their spiritual, physical and social needs. Hospice offers free palliative nursing care to people diagnosed with terminal illness and we offer support to their families,” says Sister Bernie Retief.

“People are often in a state of shock after getting the news from their doctor, don’t know how to tell their friends and families, and don’t know what the next step is going to be. It is very important for peace of mind to know what next can happen or what a patient can expect to happen,” she said.

Hospice is not government funded and relies solely on donations from the public and Hospice supporters.

Anyone wanting to volunteer at one of the Hospice shops, or with any fund-raising activity can call McDonald on 083 597 8985 or email Hospice@ scottnet.co.za

Donations for the shops are most welcome. - Supplied.

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