Thanks to a timely donation from a member of the Northumberland business community, The Bridge Hospice has put one of the major finishing touches on the interior of the new facility with the purchase of window coverings.
“We were looking for a donor or donors who could help us out with the blinds,” said Dr. Bob Henderson, Chair of The Bridge Hospice.
Carl Fletcher (right) presents a donation from Northumberland Hearing Centres to Bob Rowe (left), Co-Chair of the Stewardship & Communications Committee of The Bridge Hospice. Photo Credit: Mary Weilandt
Carl Fletcher, Owner of Northumberland Hearing Centres, heard about the need, stepped up to the plate and donated generously to assist with the purchase of the window coverings. Mr. Fletcher said that when he heard through a business contact in Campbellford that The Bridge Hospice faced a challenge in securing the needed funds he personally, along with his company, decided to make a donation for a “great cause that the community will greatly benefit from for years to come.”
The Bridge Hospice continues to be thankful for the enthusiastic financial support of the local and wider community. Thousands of hours of volunteer effort have made the building a reality. To operate, this residential hospice relies totally on private donations, fund-raising events, bequests, and memorial donations. When The Bridge Hospice is ready to accept residents, there will be no fee for their care.
Left to Right: Gwen Cleveland, Dr. Bob Henderson, Sonny Lennon
Photo Credit: Mary Weilandt
Sonny Lennon has been Project Manager for the construction of The Bridge Hospice for the past two years. During that time he has given unstintingly of his skill, time and energy. This is apparently typical of Lennon as the gift to The Bridge Hospice from the Canadian Security Traders Association Inc (CSTA) demonstrates. Mr. Lennon was the President of CSTA for seven years and when his term came to an end his colleagues wanted to recognize his devotion and hard work in a way they knew he would be proud of. The Bridge Hospice is the beneficiary of their generosity, made possible by the passion and commitment Mr. Lennon brought to the building of the hospice, a passion his colleagues recognized and wished to honour.
Sonny led a team consisting of a number of local men: Dean Peters, Robert DeLint, John DeLaCour, Brian Hamilton, Martin Hare, Ross Roy, Tom Cunningham, Wayne Flaherty, Doug Harpur, Ken Partridge, and Lorne Sampson. Each one of these men have given countless hours to the project because they believed in the goal of the hospice – “to create a residential hospice and care network that will help our community in living and dying well.”
It is through the efforts of individuals like Sonny Lennon and groups like the Bridge Hospice’s Build Team that rural communities reach out to their neighbours and friends in times of need to provide the care, comfort and compassion that enrich each of our lives. “We owe them our gratitude” says Board Chair, Dr. Bob Henderson.
TD Canada Trust employees presented The Bridge Hospice, represented by Dr. Bob Stephens, with a cheque for $4,000 from the Campbellford branch.
Left to right: Sharon Brownson (Manager Customer Service), Marcela Escalante (FSR), Fern Julia (Branch Manager), Dr. Bob Stephens
Dennis Gehardt and Tom Harris of Schoolhouse Gardens presented proceeds from their recent garden tour to Board of Directors Chair, Dr. Bob Henderson and Secretary/Treasurer Vicki Vannieuwenhuyze. The event held on 24 June was a great success raising $3,000 for The Bridge Hospice.
Left to right: Vicki Vannieuwenhuyze, Dennis Gebhardt, Dr. Bob Henderson, Tom Harris
Rotary Club of Cobourg’s President, Tom McLean presents a cheque for $3,000 to Board Chair, Dr. Bob Henderson. Funds from the Rotary Club were used to upgrade the hospice staircase leading to the lower level.
Tom McLean (left), Dr. Bob Henderson (right)