Nelson Hospital chaplain Henk Lups with some delicious jams for its appeal week. Photo: Bruno Saia.

Appeal Week to help hospital chaplaincy


The Nelson Hospital Chaplaincy needs help to keep offering comfort and support to people in need.

Their Appeal Week will be between 23 and 27 September when a stall with different sorts of products will set up at Nelson Hospital foyer.

“The week is part of our fundraising efforts to connect and maintain connections with the community and to keep us ‘on the radar,” says Henk Lups.

Traditionally, people are invited to drop off anything that they feel the hospital can use to fundraise with.

According to Henk, everybody is invited to drop products such as books, preserves, jams, bread, muffins, cakes and slices.

“Everything that we can sell. Not the sort of the garage sale type of stuff, but stuff that people say ‘gosh, this is nice’. Not necessarily low calorie, but all very good. People are welcome to drop it off daily.”

Henk says everybody knows someone who has been in a hospital or who may go to a hospital and they may have been in hospital themselves.

“We are non-religious. We are trying to connect with people. People who find it quite hard to cope with their situation or just want to have a chat. It is for people of all faith or no faith. It doesn’t matter to us at all. It is really about the person and not what their beliefs are. That’s irrelevant.”

During the Appeal Week, the stall will be open between 10am and 3pm.