Leduc Family Makes Major Donation to Local Hospital Foundation

Submitted — The Black Gold Health Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a major donation to support phase one of the Family Care projects at the Leduc Community Hospital. 
 Howie and Marilyn Bowes, longstanding members of the community and supporters of many worthy causes, have donated $50,000 toward completion of four Family Care suites.
 “We are very pleased to receive this donation, which represents 25 per cent of our overall goal of $200,000,” said Lorraine Popik, Executive Director of the Black Gold Health Foundation. “It is heartwarming to know that people like the Bowes’ care so much that they are willing to help people whom they may not even know.”
 The Family Care project comprises two phases: phase one is the creation of four Family Care suites and phase two will refurbish and upgrade two patient/visitor lounges. 
 The Family Care suites will allow some patients to have a family member stay with them to provide support and nurturing while they are in hospital. The suites will provide a comforting environment and sleeping accommodations that can be used by a parent to support their child, by a spouse to support their partner, or by an adult to support an aging parent.
 “Marilyn and I are pleased to make this donation,” said Howie. “Leduc has been good to us since we moved here in 1965 and we feel this is a fitting way to show our thanks. Over the years, the hospital has helped us and now we have a chance to help it.”
 The Family Care suites are a new approach to hospitalization. Having a supportive loved one staying in the same room 24 hours per day will help alleviate anxiety for some patients, especially children, which will help speed recovery.
 “We have now fundraised over $130,000 toward completion of the Family Care projects,” said Lorraine. “We rely on the people of Leduc and the surrounding area to help us achieve our goal. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.”
 The Black Gold Health Foundation is a registered charity that was established in 1993 to raise funds for health care-related projects at the Leduc Community Hospital and the public health centres in Beaumont, Leduc and Thorsby, including home care. If you would like to donate toward this or other projects, please contact Lorraine at 780-980-4536. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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