Residents thank hospital heroes

From left are Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital manager Alan Abrahams, Sunningdale resident Romy Shantall, person-centred care liaison Jessica du Plessis and nursing services manager Sylvia Ninham.

A Sunningdale woman has rallied her community to donate snacks and cooldrink to hospital workers to thank them for braving the Covid-19 front line.

Romy Shantall started her campaign a month ago in support of Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital staff.

She asks residents to collect juices, soft drinks, biscuits, chips, rusks and sweets for the staff.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, and we want to show that we appreciate the work that these front-line workers are doing. The community would like to show their appreciation in any way that it can.”

Some of the goods donated by Sunningdale residents for the staff at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital.

Children also drew pictures with words of thanks and encouragement for the staff. There was a handover at the hospital last Thursday.

Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital manager Alan Abrahams, said they were grateful and overwhelmed by the support of the community.

Children from the Sunningdale community sent drawings with encouraging messages to hospital staff.

“The staff is really appreciative because they go through so much during these trying times,” he said. “The donations are handed out to the staff every week. We sit and make packs for all the staff members, which includes cleaners, security, ward hostesses, nurses – everyone.

“We will put the drawings up on display, and this will definitely serve to uplift the spirits of the staff. I think that people feel undervalued during this time, and this shows that the kids and the community are appreciative of the work being done by the hospital staff.”