Dr André Nell, the medical officer at South Coast Hospice, was ‘jailed’ on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day at Shelly Centre on Saturday.
The community was encouraged to bail him out, with pledges and donations received going towards the purchase of a new wheelchair.
Dr Nell, who has been a paraplegic for 25 years, received visits from his patients, concerned members of the community, and many children who gave love ‘through the bars.’
In the words of Diane van Dyk, South Coast Hospice’s CEO, ‘It takes courage to put yourself out in the public domain, and it takes courage to continue the work that he’s done.
“We thank Dr Nell for his compassionate service to the community, and we extend our sincere gratitude to all who have supported the drive to get Dr Nell a new wheelchair.’
BT King, South Coast Hospice’s fundraiser, said, “October has been a wonderful opportunity for South Coast Hospice to raise awareness around palliative care and the work that Hospice does.
“There have been many events held throughout the month, each one reaching to a different audience and spreading the theme ‘Because I matter’ to many in the Port Shepstone community and surrounding areas.
“But the ‘Dr Nell Jail or Bail’ event touched our hearts the most. A huge thank you to all those who have contributed thus far. Your visits to him on Saturday were appreciated.
“We have collected R40 000 and rounding up funds for Dr Nell’s wheelchair will continue until we reach our target of R90 000 and he’s sitting pretty.”
Pledges can still be sent through to King on 082 728 0233.
Be sure not to miss South Coast Hospice’s Night at the Races on Friday.
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