This story was first published on Saturday September 16.
Timaru’s Hospice is pleading for quiet and some respect after noisy night time drivers have been disturbing their terminally ill patients.
After a long battle with throat cancer Charles Roebuck’s been given just days to live, but he says his final nights are being disrupted by street racers speeding down the road around the Hospice.
“Here I am quietly getting some rest and next thing this is a race-strip,” Hospice patient Charles Roebuck told 1 NEWS.
He’s not the first patient to complain about the disruption.
“We thank him very much for raising this issue of the traffic around Hospice, because we work here and we’re not as conscious often as the patients are,” says Hospice South Canterbury general manager Peter O’Neill.
Hospice staff are asking driver for a little consideration for their patients.
"To think that is might be one of their relatives one day or one of their friends and just that due respect for common decency I suppose," says Mr O’Neill.
Mr Roebuck has even written a letter to the Timaru District Council with his concerns.
“This place is soundproofed, I mean it's got double glazing, but with those cars zapping backwards and forwards."
The council says they’ve only just become aware of the issue and are now looking at options for putting up signs to encourage people to slow down.