FOUR Paphos families are in urgent need of help this Christmas, according to a local charity.
The association of cancer patients and friends, Pasykaf, are appealing for donations of food and gifts for four struggling families with sixteen dependent children and young adults between them.
Pasykaf social worker, Skevi Kleanthous said that any donations would be greatly appreciated and help to make a terribly difficult period much better for the families involved. All are coping with at least one member who is suffering with cancer, or has just died of cancer, she said.
“One of the families has four young children and the mother has recently died of cancer at the age of 32. They are foreigners and have no family help. If people could spare some dried food, this would be a great help,” she said.
She said that non-perishable goods such as pasta, lentils, beans, rice and canned goods can be taken to the Pasykaf office in Paphos. No fresh food can be taken to the office.
“If the public is able to, and is feeling generous this Christmas, food vouchers from Papantoniou supermarket would also be welcome, so the families can purchase fresh produce such as milk, bread, vegetables and meat.”
She explained that as one family is living in Pomos, the closest supermarket is Papantoniou’s.
Kleanthous also said that chocolates, sweets and a few presents would also be a wonderful gift for the sixteen children this holiday season. The children and young adults, are both boys and girls and are all dependents. They range in age from 7 years to 20 years old.
Pasykaf was founded 30 years ago and provides help and support for cancer patients and their families. Pasykaf has a team of health doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists and volunteers.
In Paphos the association works alongside the Paphos cancer patient support group, to provide services which include: a centre, home care nursing and palliative care, psychosocial support, a free bus service to the oncological clinics, a telephone helpline and a befriending service.
Pasykaf Day Centre, 84 Ellados Avenue, Paphos. Tel: 26 952478