Cancer doesn’t take a Christmas break

Posted 22 Dec 2017.

Michelle Hobbs

Pictured: Michelle Hobbs spent Christmas at Crawford Lodge this year.


For most West Australians the holiday season means winding down and taking time off to celebrate with loved ones.

But that's not always the case for people affected by cancer.

This Christmas, our Crawford and Milroy Lodge accommodation facilities were home to 97 people from regional WA.

According to our Accommodation Services Manager, Ron ten Hoor, more than half of the rooms were be occupied these holidays.

"Over the festive season, we were at about 60% occupancy at both our Lodges.

"We do tend to quieten down over the holidays as many people head back home to be with their families. Unfortunately, this isn't the case for everyone, especially those who need to be close to treatment," he said.

27-year-old Albany resident, Michelle Hobbs, is one of the many guests that spent the holidays away from home to continue her cancer treatment.

"When I was told I'd be having radiation over Christmas I was a little bit disappointed - but it's worked out well so far," she said.

"Everyone has treated me so kindly, the rooms are beautiful and I'm very comfortable here.

"I never knew that there were so many support services available to people from the country who've been affected by cancer."

Ron said the main point of difference between staying at our Lodges over other accommodation providers in Perth is the social support available to guests, their carers and family.

"We like to provide as many opportunities as possible for guests to get together over the festive season. This includes our Lodge Christmas party, several morning teas and on Christmas day our caretakers hosted a special luncheon.

"Around the festive season, we notice that our guests are understandably more emotional, so it's so important to have that aspect of social support because unfortunately, cancer doesn't take a break."


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