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Trav­el­ling cancer pa­tients in­vited to stay at Red Bay home

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

A gen­er­ous Red Bay cou­ple is of­fer­ing their guest bed­room to pa­tients trav­el­ling for cancer treat­ments.

And the ser­vice is free. Josh Nolan and Chris Bri­dle of Red Bay are well aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties pa­tients from Labrador face. They know travel and ac­com­mo­da­tions can be ex­pen­sive for peo­ple trav­el­ling down from the Big Land and on to St. John’s.

Nolan him­self is ac­quainted with their ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing lost his grand­mother to cancer in 2007.

“Los­ing some­one who was very close to me to cancer has shown me how many are in need for just that ex­tra help­ing hand,” said Nolan.

So, when they bought their home and fin­ished ren­o­vat­ing it, Nolan and Bri­dle de­cided

they could of­fer up their guest bed­room for a night or two to help ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den some­what for trav­el­ling cancer pa­tients.

“I al­ways be­lieved in help­ing oth­ers when­ever pos­si­ble, so

a cozy, warm, clean room that doesn’t cost a dime will hope­fully take some worry away,” said Nolan.

The guest bed­room is fur­nished with a dou­ble bed. Nolan says ev­ery day they would have fresh sheets.

There’s a tele­vi­sion in the room and a phone. Guests would have ac­cess to a kitchen, laun­dry, a shared bath­room and WiFi.

Guests would be re­spon­si­ble for their own food.

Nolan and Bri­dle are ac­cept­ing two guests max­i­mum at a time.

The home is built next to the wa­ter with land­scap­ing and flowerbeds to take in. A gazebo and a fire pit are lo­cated next to the wa­ter.

For those who have al­ler­gies, Nolan says, the cou­ple has two cats, but they are “very old and lazy.”

They re­cently started get­ting the word out on Face­book. While no one has availed of the free room yet, Nolan says a num­ber of peo­ple have started thanking them for the ges­ture.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The back bal­cony of Josh Nolan and Chris Bri­dle’s home over­looks Red Bay har­bour.

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