Corné’s stepdad, Jurie Gouws, passed away from pancreatic cancer at Stepping Stone’s In-Patient Unit in New Market Park at the end of November last year and Corné felt she wanted to give something back to the people that took such wonderful care of their family.
“The support our family received was superb, especially in respect to my mom. Nobody tells you what happens after the chemo is over and there’s no more the doctors can do. What now? I came to realise just how important palliative care is – it helped prepare us, we were all counselled and my stepdad was able to have his wants and needs taken care of.”
For Corné, the tea sets she donated symbolise a ‘comfort’ she’d like to give to the families that visit the unit, while the paper shredder is an essential tool from an admin perspective.
Says Stepping Stone Hospice’s HR Manager, Sonia Thomson: “We value the confidentiality of people’s information and had been battling along with a ‘shared’ shredder that was very limited in terms of function and capacity. This new shredder will make our lives so much easier.”
Caption: Stepping Stone Hospice’s HR Manager, Sonia Thomson (left) with Corné Nell, who generously donated a much-needed paper shredder and two beautiful tea sets to Stepping Stone Hospice.