Radio donation brings joy and comfort to cancer patients

Patients receiving care at St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre can now listen to the radio during their hospital stay thanks to the generosity of the Secrette family.

17 Aug 2020

Radio donation 2020

The family recently donated 30 portable radios to the centre in memory of their late mother and grandmother, Maureen Moss.

Maureen, who passed away last year from colon cancer, was very grateful for the care she received from the specialist cancer nurses and caregivers.

However, during her hospital stay, Maureen wanted a radio by her bedside so that she could listen to a variety of music and feel more at home.

Her daughter, Helen Secrette, said that her mum had a lot of love to give and wanted others to be able to enjoy music during their stay on the oncology ward too.

“We are thrilled to be able to honour her wish and donate the radios to the hospital in her memory,” Helen said.

“Our hope is that the radios will make others undergoing cancer treatment feel more comfortable during their hospital stay.”

Providing a familiar and comfortable environment for patients is an important part of the hospital’s compassionate and comprehensive cancer care.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Oncology Unit Nurse Manger, Rebecca Robinson, added that she was very thankful to members of the Secrette family for their generous donation.

“Music can be very therapeutic and studies has proven that it can help to reduce anxiety and assist with the healing process,” she said.

“I believe that the presence of readily available music in patient rooms will help to enhance the hospital experience for many of our patients and provide comfort and joy during what can be a very uncertain time.”

“Although patients have always had access to CD players, the radios will add an element of convenience and variety.”