Golden Hospital grateful for funds raised for pediatric crib

Fundraising kicked off with an ES Rock Radiothon in April, and was finished when Cops for Kids donated the remaining $11,500 for the crib.

What kicked off with an EZ Rock Radiothon back in April will come to fruition much earlier than expected on Sept. 13.

Cops for Kids will be at the Golden Hospital on Sept. 13 to present them with the rest of the money required for a new pediatric crib.

“We’re really excited. The one that we had, there’s some people who now work at the hospital and remember being patients in that crib. It’s about 20 years old,” said Erica Phillips, health services administrator for Golden and Invermere. “It was really time to change and upgrade.”

The crib is similar to the ones used at home, but as with anything medical grade, it comes with a hefty price tag.

Since the Radiothon, which raised more than $800, the cause has received a $100 donation from BCAS (British Columbia Ambulance Service), and $500 from the Mountain Magic Quilters Guild. Without the $11,500 from Cops for Kids, it may have taken another couple of years to reach the goal.

“I was really surprised. My experience is always us going out looking for donors. So the fact that Mike (Const. Mike Hull), through Judy Doyle who works victim support, came saying that the cops were wondering if there’s anything we might be looking for, for kids in the hospital,” said Phillips.

After filling out the application for Cops for Kids, Phillips still wasn’t sure what to expect. A pediatric crib isn’t necessarily the kind of donation the organization often makes. But come Sept. 13, the hospital will have the money to replace their 20-year-old crib.

All cribs are custom built; however, the company has lent the hospital a crib in the meantime. Theirs is due for completion sometime in February.

Phillips wants to thank all the donors for their generous support.

“People’s ability to keep putting the hand in the pocket and keep donating to the causes out there, it’s really tough,” she said. “The need for money never runs out at the hospital.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person at the hospital front desk, or on-line at www.ekfh.ca/content/make-donation, or over the phone by contacting the EKFH office at 250.489.6481 or toll-free at 1-877-489-6481.

All donations in excess of $10 will receive a tax receipt. All donors can direct their gift to a specific area (for example to Durand Manor or Maternity services)  or can make a more general donation Golden Hospital General funds.

Any donated dollars are guaranteed to remain within our community.

Cops for Kids will be stopping by Sobey’s before the presentation at approximately 1:15 p.m. to meet with the community, and local kids who have benefitted from the program