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St Francis Hospice needs support

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St Francis Hospice Charity shop assistant Priscilla Miggels, and manager Claudia Alberts. The need for donations is high. Photo:SUPPLIED
St Francis Hospice Charity shop assistant Priscilla Miggels, and manager Claudia Alberts. The need for donations is high. Photo:SUPPLIED

Thousands of patients suffering from cancer, TB, Aids and multiple sclerosis benefit from the palliative care offered by the St Francis Hospice. The Hospice also offers counselling services and pain relief treatment.

The main branch of St Francis Hospice is situated in Gqeberha, and there is a satellite branch in Du Plessis Street in Humansdorp. The comprehensive services are offered in the entire Kouga area, including towns like Jeffreys Bay, KwaNonzamo, Humansdorp, Patensie, St Francis Bay and more. Nurses do home visits for treatment of severely ill people.

To be able to offer and afford these services free, they rely on the goodwill of the public for donations – either money or goods.

“We mostly get monetary donations from the public, often donations from deceased family members, or people who buy goods at the charity shop in Humansdorp. However, since the lockdown two years ago, our donations and sales have declined to only about ten percent of what they used to be, but the need is still high,” says charity shop manager Claudia Alberts.

There is a variety of items on sale at the charity shop, including clothes, linen, curtains, books and CDs, paintings, shoes and crockery.

The money earned from sales or donations is used for paying staff, petrol of staff, medications and helping the hospice in several ways.

St Francis (the patron saint) Hospice has been offering these valuable services for the past 25 years.

Alberts says, “We need any items to sell in our charity shop. We also welcome knitted items for patients, especially children. We also value volunteers.”

  • Donations can be dropped at the charity shop in Humansdorp, or call Alberts at 076 561 7974.
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