Why do we need a hospice facility in our community
Why do we need a hospice facility in our community? And why do we need to support this hospice, in whatever possible way we can?
Since opening their doors in October 2013, Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in Alberton cared for 753 patients with life-limiting illnesses. Under their loving care and with the assistance of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, sisters, caregivers, social workers and counsellors, 513 of these patients, an average of 16 per month, died a dignified and in most cases, symptom-free death.
Demand for their services are on the increase, leading to Stepping Stone now launching a massive fundraising project to extend the existing In-Patient Unit in New Market Park. The original building, a modular prefab structure, was opened on October 9, 2013 and at the time had only three wards. Within
a year the building was extended to five wards and in 2015 to eight wards.Further extensions need to be done, but in the form of a brick building and expanding to 12 rooms. To quote CEO Tersia Burger: “Our unit currently has eight wards, two of which can cater for long term patients. However, we want to add on family rooms, in other words, wards that can cater for a family member to sleep over with his/her beloved one, especially in cases where the patients are very young”.
Plans drawn up by SCS Architects for a 546 sqm brick building as an extension onto the existing building, are in the process of being approved. The appointed building contractor, Coenie Strydom from Coenbuild, are busy with the cost estimates. It is however estimated that just over R3 million will be needed for the project and to that end, the “Help us Build, Brick by Brick” will be launched at an information evening on the 7th July at Reading Country Club.
The local newspaper, Alberton Record, has come on board sponsoring four full pages to allow for coverage for sponsors. A huge signboard has been erected on the fence of hospice facing the New Market Mall intersection, and this too allow for publicity for sponsors.
Chairperson of the Stepping Stone Hospice board, Barbara Campbell-Ker and CEO Tersia Burger, proudly boasting with the new “Help Us Build, Brick by Brick” signboard.