To the Board of Claremont Main Road Mosque
On behalf of the patients and nursing staff of St Luke’s Hospice I want to thank you most sincerely for including us in the generous allocation of blankets, food parcels and pamper/hygiene packs. We are delighted that you could respond so positively to the approach from Wasiela Agerhdien on our behalf. The goods were an unexpected blessing in this cold winter weather.
I heard from many of our 15 community nurses how grateful the patients were when the nurse dropped off the packets and/or blankets. Most of our 800 patients are cared for at home and the nurses are selective in knowing who really needs a food parcel or a blanket. Sometimes the food makes a big difference to the medication, and other times the breadwinner has lost his/her job due to the life-threatening illness, leaving a family destitute. One recipient was a male patient living under the staircase in a Mitchell’s Plain house, with absolutely no bedding at all, and dependant on the charity of the household for any food.
We also have a day hospice programme at most of our 8 community hospices – where ambulant patients come once a week to see the medical staff, enjoy the company of others, share in healing arts projects – and to get a cooked meal. The smaller, brightly coloured blankets are perfect for putting over the knees of patients when they attend the day programme. Our patients live all over greater Cape Town so your goodwill has spread to our bases around Athlone, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Grassy Park, Maitland and Mitchells Plain.
For patients who are bedbound at home the contents of the hygiene packs go a long way to making their last days and months more comfortable. Your care about male and female packs is really heart-warming.
Your kindness and altruism are warmly appreciated and I hope you will be able to convey our gratitude to all concerned with your good works. I have attached some photos of a nurse and a social worker taking food parcels to their patients.
With kind regards and appreciation