The significance and relevance of Overstrand Hospice as a service provider is shaped by the involvement and support from the communities we serve.

Last Friday evening, a very successful seafood evening was arranged in Gansbaai by a local resident, Emily Nouwers, whose husband was one of the patients we had cared for in the area, as a token of her appreciation for the service provided by the patient care team of Overstrand Hospice.

The response to, and support from the Gansbaai community at this event was overwhelming and heartening. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, a major one being Emily’s standing and influence among the local people; she is well-known and greatly respected.

As an organisation that provides a critical service to patients (and their families) diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, we would like to believe (and hope) that the fantastic support experienced at this event was also as a result of a growing awareness of our relevance, and the difference we are able to make to the lives of people who are profoundly ill in the Gansbaai community.

On behalf of Overstrand Hospice, I would like to thank Emily and the Gansbaai community for their participation and generous support at this event; further enabling us to continue to provide this necessary service to those who require it in the Overstrand sub-district.

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