Strong year for foundation

The goal of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is to help the hospital better serve the community.

But to do that, they need community support, something the foundation has been getting a lot of lately.

Not only did they surpass the Light A Bulb campaign goal of $250,000 by almost $40,000, the money keeps coming in.

Shoppers Drug Mart is the latest group to hold a fundraiser for the foundation, donating almost $8,000 to the McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre at VJH.

“It's just been an amazing year. We've had a tremendous amount of community support,” said Lisa Westermark, foundation executive director.

Westermark said there were a few large donations made to the annual Light A Bulb campaign, but there were also numerous smaller donations.

“Hundreds of people donated $25, $30 at a time, so all together we reached that goal,” she said. “The campaign that just happened with Shoppers, that's an initiative that they do on their own.

“Every time a group comes together and does something like this, it helps us in a lot of different ways.”

Westermark said campaigns build awareness of the needs the hospital faces and, of course, helps the foundation meet its financial targets.

The foundation has purchased numerous big ticket items for the hospital, but they are look after the small things that are not part of the medical system.

“One of the things we do a lot of is in the cancer centre is comfort items. We buy things like blanket warmers and a nice, warm blanket goes a long way in making someone feel a lot more comfortable when they are having their chemotherapy,” said Westermark. “There are lots of little things that make people's journeys a little easier.

“The goal of the foundation really is to bridge the gap between the government funding and the needs of the greater needs of our community.”

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