FRIENDS GATHER AT THE BROCKVILLE GENERAL VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION’S ELEANOR’S CAFÉ AT BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Over the past 13 years, the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation’s many community supporters, donors, and those who just want to chat, have always found a warm welcome, with maybe some homemade chocolate chip cookies or two; when they come to visit.
Friday, January 3rd was no exception. Following an “Under One Roof” campaign photo-op with George Tackaberry, and his son, Kevin; Mary Jean McFall, campaign co-chair, and her charming granddaughter, Charlotte, took some time to visit, share some local stories and a few laughs.
Pictured, sharing a laugh and some chocolate chip cookies are, Kevin Tackaberry, Mary Jean McFall holding her granddaughter Charlotte, and George Tackaberry.
The organizers of the Golfing for Maternal Care Golf Tournament, that fundraised and supported Brockville General Hospital’s Women & Children’s Program, have made the decision to discontinue the tournament in support of BGH.
The Hare Family, and their small army of volunteers, ran the tournament in support of BGH’s Women & Children’s Program for six-years having fundraised over $112,900 that purchase needed equipment items such as: fetal heart monitors, bassinets, sleeper chairs and a digital display Doppler.
On January 21st, several of the tournament organizers were on hand to present a final cheque that purchased a Bilirubin phototherapy light system for BGH’s Women & Children’s Program. The phototherapy light system lowers the bilirubin levels in the baby’s blood that causes a newborn to be jaundiced.
Joan Simon, Executive Director of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation stated, “This event has been very successful. The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is extremely grateful to have had this event on board for the last 6 years. But as we know, events often have a beginning and an end cycle due to a variety of factors. The BDHF would like to take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell and express sincerest thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers of the Maternal Care Golf Tournament.”
Pictured here are: Forefront: Pearl Hare, daughter of Kristin Hare. 2nd row (l-r): Ellen Gleason, RN, Women and Children’s Program, BGH; Carole Hare, event organizer; Dr. Harvinder Chawla and Jen Brouwer, RN, Women and Children’s Program, BGH. 3rd row (l-r): Kristina Swank, RN, Women and Children’s Program, BGH; Krista Hare, event committee member; Tom Hare, event organizer; Kristin Hare, event committee member with son Chase Hare; Heather Halladay, Board Chair for the BDHF and Kellie Kitchen, Director of Professional Practice & Women & Children’s Programs, BGH.
BUTTERFLY RUN RAISES FUNDS TO PURCHASE CUDDLE COT FOR BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL'S WOMEN & CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Following the stillborn birth of her daughter in 2017, Lesley Patry-Kerford attended a Butterfly Run in Ottawa. This event also inspired her give back to her local community and to raise awareness of the supports available for families who experience the loss of a baby.
While researching the various supports, Lesley stumbled on a medical device called a “cuddle cot.” Cuddle cots are widely used in many clinical settings and provides an in-room cooling system that allows families the opportunity for more time with their baby.
“Any family who suffers a loss wishes for just a few more minutes; time that they will never be able to have again,” says Patry-Kerford. “The cuddle cot provides families with this precious gift of time.”
When she saw this device, and the impact that it had on other families who had just lost a child, she knew that she wanted to raise funds that would equip Brockville General Hospital with this invaluable support resource.
Joan Simon, Executive Director of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) stated, “Lesley’s commitment to helping other parents begin their healing process is to be commended. Organizing a fundraiser to purchase the cuddle cot clearly demonstrates her compassion for others within our community.”
In October of 2019, Patry-Kerford and her organizing team also held a Wave of Light event that raised funds for memory boxes for BGH’s Women & Children’s Program. Plans are also in the works for a Butterfly Run in October 2020.
Pictured here are: Lesley Patry-Kerford, organizer of Brockville’s 2018 Butterfly Run, joins Kellie Kitchen, Director of Women and Children’s Program, and Professional Practice at BGH (left) and Linda Hansen, Director, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors (right) to unveil a cuddle cot purchased through the Butterfly Run. The cot will be used in BGH’s Women and Children’s Program to allow parents and families more time following the stillbirth of a child.