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Iris House Children's Hospice

Quality free care for the child. Support for the family

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide holistic, loving, professional, free community and Hospice based respite, overnight and end of life care for special needs children with life threatening illness and or life limiting conditions in the Western Cape. We also provide holistic support for their families.  We train our care team to a high standard and continually strive to train parents on ways to improve their child’s quality of life.  We promote the concept that every life is a gift and valuable no matter how short that life maybe.

Our Values

To be a responsive and innovative organisation that puts life limited and life threatened children, young people and their families first in all of our services, whilst embracing the diversity of our regional community and demonstrating integrity in everything we do.

We believe ...

  • Every child is worthy of love,  care and to feel safe, wanted and affirmed throughout their lifetime.
  • Every child should be given the opportunities and help to achieve their full potential.
  • Every family has the right to regular respite “relief” care.
  • Families of special needs children should be empowered to improve their lives and that of their child.
  • Every child should grow up in the most homely enviroment possible.
  • Special needs children should not be discriminated against or segregated
  • Every dying baby or child should be loved and cherished and die loved and with dignity.

Our Family

Our care service is based around the needs of the whole family. We want to make a real difference to families who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. Helping them live life to the full by providing opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as helping them through the tougher times.

Our Story

Formed in June 2011, Iris House Children’s Hospice originally supported 12 families with community based care and family support. We now support over 350 children and their families with community and hospice based respite care. We have developed year round family support programs with support groups, family outings and treats. Our services have also extended to various therapies, including equine therapy, massage, body talk, surfing and participation in sensory story telling “Imagination Station”

Hours of Community Care Delivered 28 Feb 2016 - 1March 2017

Hours of Hospice Care Delivered 28 Feb 2016 - 1March 2017

Board Members

Sue van der Linde

Sue van der Linde

Founder - Chairman

Kathy Gentz

Kathy Gentz

Director-Fundraising

Johan Naude

Johan Naude

Treasurer

Carol Petersen

Carol Petersen

Director

Irina Mink

Irina Mink

Director

Tracy Winde

Tracy Winde

Volunteer Advisor- Snr Carer

Zaahir Abdurahman

Zaahir Abdurahman

Director

Linda Afrika-Peters

Linda Afrika-Peters

Board Secretary

Staff Members

Berenice Friedman

Berenice Friedman

Registered Nurse- Hospice Manager

Zintle Jubeju

Zintle Jubeju

Care Team Manager

John Dykman

Estate Assistant

Ashley van Heerden

Ashley van Heerden

Assistant to CEO

Alan Lockwood

Alan Lockwood

Equine Behaviour Trainer

McDonald Dungare

McDonald Dungare

Social Worker

Jacques Petersen

Jacques Petersen

Estate Manager/Driver

Shakira Khan

Shakira Khan

Admin Intern

Fundraising Team

David Fisher

David Fisher

Volunteer Photographer

Ashley van Heerden

Ashley van Heerden

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Kathy Gentz

Kathy Gentz

Volunteer Fundraiser

Irina Mink

Irina Mink

Volunteer Photographer

Kerrith Coleman

Kerrith Coleman

Volunteer Fundraiser

Sheila Belcher

Sheila Belcher

Volunteer Fundraiser

Simone Gerber

Simone Gerber

Volunteer Fundraiser

Lindsay Frederiksen

Lindsay Frederiksen

Volunteer Fundraiser

Our Carers

Nolubabalo Mbola

Nolubabalo Mbola

Carer

Khunjulwa Princess Simayile

Khunjulwa Princess Simayile

Carer

Thantaswa Portia Mandoyi

Thantaswa Portia Mandoyi

Carer

Nomaindia Mpitolo

Nomaindia Mpitolo

Carer

Elizabeth Anne Sykes

Elizabeth Anne Sykes

Carer

Zoleka Sylvia Jamangile

Zoleka Sylvia Jamangile

Carer

Dambisa Cynthia Rotyi

Dambisa Cynthia Rotyi

Carer

Caronicia Jesmine Hanekom

Caronicia Jesmine Hanekom

Carer

Juliana Pinkie Manyengavana

Juliana Pinkie Manyengavana

Carer

Nokuthula Nancy Dube

Nokuthula Nancy Dube

Carer

Mary Machengo

Mary Machengo

Carer

Shupikai Gwatidzo

Shupikai Gwatidzo

Carer

Chantel Binnedette Smith

Chantel Binnedette Smith

Carer

Fiona Williams

Fiona Williams

Carer

Andrea Simpson

Andrea Simpson

Carer

Nomandla Magusha

Nomandla Magusha

Carer

Michelle Kapp

Michelle Kapp

Carer

Ntsheetseng Gladys Letshela

Ntsheetseng Gladys Letshela

Carer

Zoliswa Alicia Jama

Zoliswa Alicia Jama

Carer

Noludwe Zembeta

Noludwe Zembeta

Carer

Leorealle Lawrence

Carer