Offering a service of comprehensive care & support

HOW YOU CAN HELP…

We have a number of projects requiring your partnership.

St Francis Hospice operating costs alone amount to several millions of Rands per year. Patients do pay as much as they can afford, but often this is little, or nothing. Apart from any subsidies we might receive, in the main we have to rely on bequests and donations from companies, service clubs, and caring people like you. NO donation is ever “too small.” We invite you to select the project you’d like to support from the list below…

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS REQUIRING YOUR PARTNERSHIP:

Share the caring through your Will:

Someone once said, “One of the noblest things a person can do, is to plant a small tree that will one day give shade to people unknown.” Your will can have the same powerful significance of that small tree. It will take care of those you love and who depend on you for security, well-being and guidance. It can even extend further, making a difference in the lives of people you will never meet, uniting the importance of your life with theirs.

Remembering St Francis Hospice in your will is a gift to future life, in rememberance of your own life. And just like a “small tree,” your bequest can grow, becoming a living, sheltering extension of your own appreciation of life. At St Francis Hospice we care for the living – and you can share in the caring, through your Will, by making this last, most important gift to life: A gift that will make you forever part of the circle of caring that is St Francis Hospice.

Once you’ve decided on the type of bequest you wish to make, all that remains is to ask your attorney to draft the appropriate clause for inclusion in your Will. If you care enough to make St Francis Hospice part of your will, please will you tell us? The saddest thing is not being able to say “Thank You!” for a gesture of caring. We would also appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you special plans for St Francis Hospice that may reflect your particular area of interest and support.

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The St Francis Hospice bereavement team endeavours to provide a grief support service that is culturally sensitive, age-group appropriate, and holistic in approach.

Where…

- Language and medium of facilitation is taken into cognizance.

- Confidentiality and dignity of the client is taken seriously.

- Specific spiritual care is provided.

Your contribution towards palliative care training would be HIGHLY appreciated. At present, St Francis Hospice provides the following courses:

- Palliative Care

- Home-based Care

- Bereavement Training

- Ongoing in-service education for staff

We also conduct workshops based on the needs of the communities we serve. For example:

- Inter-professional workshops at the NMB University and Department of Health – covering dying, bereavement, and psycho-social issues.

- Awareness programs, via talks on radio, at funerals and churches.

- Presentations to students.

St Francis Hospice will also be catering to the training and orientation of USA exchange students (through UPE) in public health and intervention practices from a South African perspective.

Home care is central to our service. Trained sisters visit patients and families in their own homes as often as required. They liaise with the patient’s doctor to obtain effective pain and symptom control, teach the family basic nursing tasks, and also provide emotional support for the patient and family. Supported by the Hospice doctor, social workers and trained volunteers, they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This interdisciplinary service extends into the bereavement period, and links into social intervention practices for orphan care. Won’t you please support this most laudable service?

Often HIV affected children and grandparents live without regular meals or hope, as bread-winning parents die. In the process of dealing with this trauma and loss – as well as trying to survive, they require socialization & assistance. Psychosocial help and properly managed bereavement counselling is required if they are to mature without personality disorders. This is done in first language Xhosa and in observance of their culture.

With some 400 patients per month entrusted to our care, it’s inevitable that we’re in constant need of medical and infection control supplies. and equipment. Whether you can donate “in kind” or in cash, rest assured that you’ll be alleviating the plight of those less fortunate. Isn’t that one of our primary reasons for being? 

Patron (individual) membership means that you are one of a special group of people whose financial support for Hospice makes a significant contribution towards meeting any shortfall in operating expenses. The St Francis Hospice Trust (where these funds are allocated) will continue to be a “lifeline” to Hospice to provide for future needs.

We will continue to ensure that funds are managed appropriately for the cause they were intended, and will gladly provide you with any financial reports you may require.

St Francis Hospice care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers cover a territory stretching from Tsitsikamma to Addo, including communities in and around Humansdorp, Jeffrey’s Bay, Cape St Francis, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth. The cost of running our fleet of vehicles (maintenance, fuel & insurance) is a major annual expenditure, and we’d be immensely grateful for any assistance you can provide with sponsorship of fuel, etc to help us reach our patients.

St Francis Hospice fundraisers host about 15 special events annually. Sponsorship is needed for functions such as our Ladies’ Champagne Breakfast, Last Night of the Proms concert of popular classics with the Eastcape Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Richard Cock). As a sponsor, you gain naming rights to the event, extensive logo / brand advertising, and comprehensive media acknowledgement. Your key contact is Ms. Lynn van Vuuren (mornings only) at (041) 360-7070 or lynn@stfrancishospice.za.org

Take a look at the Hospice Fundraising Events Calendar

If you have any old “coppers” lying about in tins, bottles or piggy banks, won’t you please consider donating them to St Francis Hospice? These coins will be phased out of circulation in a couple of years’ time, so before that happens, let’s use them towards a noble cause – to meet the costs of providing holistic, home-based care of terminally ill Cancer, Motor-Neurone and HIV/AIDS patients in our community.

We’ll gladly collect your “coppers” from you at your home or office – just call Lynn or Kerry at (041) 360-7070 (mornings only).

Alternatively, feel free to drop them off at St Francis Hospice, located at the end of Hospice Lane (off Warbler Drive), Taybank, PE.

Thank you in advance!

Please support our Hospice Shoppes in Rink Street, Central, 4th Avenue, Newton Park & Du Plessis Street, Humansdorp,