PHOTOS: South Coast Hospice honours ‘champion’ Dr Nell

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South Coast Hospice has ensured that the legacy of one of their greatest heroes will live on.

The team came together on Tuesday to pay tribute to Dr André Nell, who passed away earlier this year (4 June).

Members of the board, Dave Boyd (chairperson) and Roland Apostolides, the Day Care Group staff and patients joined together to honour the life and service of a true hospice hero.

A plaque was put up at the entrance that Dr Nell used to the Kingfisher House Inpatient Unit. Mrs Sandra Nell, wife of the late Dr Nell, unveiled the plaque.

The staff thanked Mrs Nell for sharing him with South Coast Hospice and shared their inspiring and funny moments spent with Dr Nell.

“This dedication is a token of our gratitude, love and respect for the contribution André made to South Coast Hospice for more than 30 years.

“He was a true champion for palliative care, recognising that every person has a right to receive quality care and support when they are faced with life limiting illnesses,’ said South Coast Hospice CEO Di van Dyk.

“He was not a man who minced his words and he believed that everyone deserves a good death, where their dignity and the quality of their life was of paramount importance. Dr Andre Nell will always be remembered, both by the team, and by the thousands of patients that he cared for. We love you Dr Nell.”

Fundraiser BT King added, “Dr Nell will always be remembered for his brilliance, his humour, his compassion and his indomitable spirit.”

Room No.2 at the Kingfisher House Inpatient Unit, Dr Nell’s favourite room, was also named ‘Andre’s Room’ after the beloved doctor.

Dr André Nell – a South Coast legend whose legacy will live on

CEO Di van Dyk addressing the team of staff, patients, board members and Mrs Nell who attended the dedication ceremony.

Colleen Baxter lighting the candle in honour of Dr Nell.

Patricia Cabe relating some of her fond and funny memories of Dr Nell.

Lindiwe Nxasana, reminding those present how much Dr Nell cared for his patients.

Sr Gloria Dambuza, speaking in appreciation for all she learnt from Dr Nell.

Sue Nielson playing Dr Nell’s favourite song.

Dr Nell’s plaque.

‘Andre’s Room’.

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