Helping out those at risk

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
Linda Durell and Mick Sciorio, right, deliver a hamper to Bill Donovan.
Camera IconLinda Durell and Mick Sciorio, right, deliver a hamper to Bill Donovan. Credit: Supplied

A Rockingham business has joined forces with Innovations Catering and charity Soul Gestures to deliver kindness hampers to cancer patients who are self-isolating.

Due to the much higher health risks from COVID-19, most cancer patients and families have been completely quarantined.

Six businesses have come together with Soul Gestures to provide some relief to patients and brighten their day.

Total Tint Solutions Group has contributed to the hampers, which were delivered last week, including to five patients between Rockingham and Mandurah.

Linda Durell, who works with Soul Gestures, said the idea originally came from a nurse who helped with chemotherapy at home.

“They wanted to do something special for people who, particularly at the moment, might be very lonely as potentially the only person they would be seeing is their nurse who comes once a week,” she said. “We got some local families who have all been touched by cancer in some way to get their children to do drawings or make cards to put into the hampers.

“One of the kids has actually made all of the cookies going into the hampers as well.

“They went alongside the fabulous food from Innovations Catering and gifts from the other businesses which have been kindly donated.”

Ms Durell said she wanted to let patients know the community was thinking of them and their families throughout COVID-19.

“Even if it gives them a bit of joy for a brief moment it is worth it,” she said.

A recipient of one of the hampers said they were incredibly grateful for the hamper during such a difficult time.

“Thank you with all my heart for your kindness,” they said.

“It warms your life knowing that someone cares who has experienced the same life highway.”

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