Rushmere Noach Inc have pledged their support to Northwood Children’s Hospice this Easter. The care home in Port Elizabeth is in desperate need of public support and local law firm; Rushmere Noach Inc are asking others in the community of Port Elizabeth to join them in building hope by pledging to Northwood’s “Donate a Brick” campaign. The fundraiser is aimed at funding the renovations of the building named “the White House” to serve amongst others as an In-Patient Unit to support little patients during end-of-life care.
Purposefully positioned within the heart of the Port Elizabeth community, Northwood already offers some of the very sick children of Port Elizabeth and surrounds, a warm place of respite and care to support both children and their families. The firm got to meet some of the children whose chronic health conditions have now been stabilised by the Northwood team, enabling these children to go back to school and once again participate as normal children in society.
Northwood has also assisted some of the children’s underprivileged mothers to participate in care-worker studies enabling them to finish degree’s and participate in their child and other’s care – a wonderful and touching example of how the wonderful work of this home is travelling full circle.
With the first phase of restoration to the White House complete; they now need to raise the remaining funds to facilitate the three additional wings. Director and Founder of the home, Rev Maureen Lamb describes the vision of their work as “Giving children at the end of life stages a kiss in their pocket and their families and loved one’s the confidence and help needed to care for these children, and most of all, memories to cherish in what would otherwise be a very different journey.” Maureen also stressed the desperate need for child hospice care in South Africa whilst overseas one would find a facility for children “coupled everywhere.”
“The 3 additional wings will not only form the “In-Patient” unit but a special Bereavement Section, the ISIDIMA Wing for special needs children and the Northwood Children’s Chapel for little patients.” said Rev Lamb.
Top local law firm, Rushmere Noach have pledged one brick each for the 25 children currently being supported by Northwood; raising R2 500 towards their ‘Donate a Brick’ campaign for their building fund. Rushmere Noach invite other corporates in Port Elizabeth to join them and do the same.
“As a firm we remain committed to the amazing work and new projects that are being borne in our city to support those who have been affected by or are fighting cancer. In this instance, Northwood’s care and support extends beyond assisting those diagnosed with cancer to special needs children as well. Northwood Children’s Hospice provides a much-needed facility offering supportive and essential care to both the individual and family; a holistic approach which touched us deeply as many who are caring for these children are left isolated and without a support structure. We are proud to be supporting this community project this year.” said Liane Koorsse, Director at Rushmere Noach.
The donation and Easter egg handover took place at Northwood Children’s home today. The firm got to meet the children who opened the occasion with hugs and beautiful songs of thanksgiving. The home is unique in that there is a significant focus on supportive treatment and counselling for the children. From Ozone therapy, play therapy, art and counselling for family members including grandparents.
They need to raise R500 000 in total at R100 per brick to realise their vision to ‘build and maintain a foundation of care for the children which will last for many generations’. With this latest donation, they will raise a total of R15 000 – and companies can sign up to pledge a ‘brick a month’ or make a pledge, large or small.
For more information please visit their website: www.northwoodchildrenshospice.org