John came to Daffodil House six weeks ago for treatment at the Dunedin Public Hospital. Thanks to our generous supporters, John was also able to bring his wife, Doreen, to Dunedin to support him during his stay.
The Cancer Society’s Daffodil House has been operating in Dunedin for 29 years. The House sets out to provide a “home away from home” atmosphere as well as a supportive and caring environment.
In 2017, Daffodil House welcomed guests for 2,239 nights, with guests staying from a few nights through to lengthy stays like John’s.
Our supporters give comfort to people receiving treatment by helping fund a place where a carer can provide support while staying at the House. “It doesn’t seem so bad when you’ve got other people to talk to” says Doreen.
The world of cancer can be daunting and overwhelming and many patients find it difficult to interpret the information they receive from their doctors. John adds that having Doreen with him has been helpful for processing the important information about his treatment. “It’s good for me having Doreen here. I find it hard writing things down, remembering things and taking it all in”, he says.
According to John and Doreen, what really makes Daffodil House special, is the people. “There’s a lot of kind people around” John says, “Since we’ve been here, we’ve met people from from Owaka, Invercargill, Winton, Tuatapere, Te Anau, Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra, Timaru and Oamaru”.
In addition to meeting new people, guests appreciate the comfort in understanding that others are here for the same reasons. A highlight for Doreen was “the friendliness of people, getting together and the House Manager, Sandra, was wonderful”.
Without the help of our generous friends, the Cancer Society couldn’t operate Daffodil House, host guests like John and Doreen, and provide the support services we do.
Inside Daffodil House