Mr Alan Loomes was first introduced to HospiceWits in 1999 through our Architect Nicholas Whitcutt to launch the construction of our training centre at Mofolo Clinic complex in Soweto.
The project was sponsored by funds generously donated by the Japanese Government and complimented the containers that housed at least 15 patients.
The complex of two lecture rooms and administration offices were built by Alan and his teams, and many students have since benefitted from our Hospice Palliative care program, and our current Anciliary training courses.
Alan was invited to join the HospiceWits Board of Trustees in 2004, during which time he spent some two years prospecting for a suitable site for a Hospice Flagship Clinic, which was finally found in Diepkloof, Soweto. Together with the Hospice Team of Carers, a tender was submitted to the Johannesburg Property Company, and was duly accepted.
Together with the late Hymie Moross, Architect, the Diepkloof Hospice was built with the help of the donations from the National Lottery Board, many local institutions/organisations and International Governments.
HospiceWits in Soweto officially opened its doors in March 2007, consisting of a Paediatric IPU, a Male/Female Adult IPU and offering Homecare nursing to patients in the comfort of their own homes.
A highlight of Alan’s time with HospiceWits was when he hosted a royal visit from Her Highness, Princess Caroline of Monaco, who supports international institutions where children are a strong inclusion.
All of this would not have happened without the teamwork and support from the Hospice staff at that time, represented by Barbara Campbell-Ker, the Executive Director.
In the last number of years, Alan was enticed back by the current CEO, Jacqui Kaye, to offer his time, skills and experience in assisting HospiceWits to source potential tenants for our Soweto site, advising on cost saving initiatives, being in contact with the Johannesburg Property Company to ensure compliance and maintaining good working relationships, and engaging on our behalf with small businesses in the Soweto community. Alan was instrumental in securing and negotiating with BGM Renal Care to lease a portion of the Diepkloof site out as a Renal Dialysis Clinic. His untimely death means that Alan will not be able to stand tall and proud when the clinic is launched. His absence will be felt and his major contribution will be shared and appreciated.
HospiceWits had the honour of partnering with a hardworking, trustworthy, passionate and reliable person in Mr Alan Loomes, and we deeply mourn his loss. He always arrived with a smile, entertained with humour, and left having touched our lives in a positive way.
Our condolences to Merle and his family at this time, as well as to his partners and colleagues, who will continue to uphold his legacy.
|It was with deep regret that I received your note informing us of the sad passing of Alan Loomes. May his dear soul R.I.P and I would appreciate you conveying to his wife, Merle in Knysna, my deepest sympathies and the wish that his dear soul rests in peace. Alan did so much for HospiceWits. May this be a blessing for his soul and for his heart- broken family he has left behind. He will always be remembered and I think it would be a fitting tribute to his memory that Alan and what he did for HospiceWits is never forgotten. Michael Judin|
|Alan’s work and his passion for HospiceWits was by no means concluded. His warm smile and his jovial personality will be remembered with fondness. He is already sorely missed by me and all at HospiceWits. Jacqui Kaye : CEO|
|Board Members: Our heartfelt condolences to the Loomes family and the hospice family- indeed a sad loss to all. Esme Pudule Condolences to all affected by this sad news. Hiten Keshave My sincere condolences to Merle – very sad news indeed. Dr Brad Beira|