“There truly are no words to express our gratitude!” says Penny Banks, Executive Director of the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. “The community surrounding the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital has once again gone above and beyond to show just how important their “exceptional hospital close to home” really is! Our community gave $200,000 to our Trees of Hope Christmas campaign this year.” said Banks. That is an incredible amount given that we asked during the midst of a pandemic.
“The Trees of Hope campaign is always the biggest fundraising campaign each year, and the fact that we raised almost $50,000 more than last year is surreal to me. We had over 580 donations and honoured hundreds and hundreds of family members and friends with this commemorative giving appeal.”
Liz MacDonald, DHHF Board Chair says, “our community continues to show their generosity throughout this pandemic. Not only did Trees of Hope raise$ 200k it also allowed us to honour those lost. I am so proud to be part of this network of support for our hospital”.
“There is a uniqueness to our community that I have not seen in over 20 years of fundraising. I can truthfully say that I have never felt the genuine kindness at this level before.” said Banks. This total, in addition to funds raised throughout the year, will go a long way in helping HWMH purchase equipment needed to ensure we continue to provide the best care every day to our patients.
Interim CEO Sharon Moore said, “As we continue to struggle with the realities of COVID-19, the ongoing support of our community has been overwhelming. We are beyond pleased to see this positive show of support for our essential work. These funds will be directed toward our highest priority medical equipment which includes new sterilizers in our operating room and equipment for our lab and diagnostic imaging departments.”
As plans for 2021 get underway, the team at DHHF will need to think outside the box to build a fundraising plan that will fit into a pandemic world said Banks. More experiential and virtual events and campaigns are being planned until we can get back to more traditional in person events. Our goal is to keep our community engaged and we have some great new plans on the horizon!
The Board of Directors of DHHF, the Board of the HWMH and the Senior Leadership express their gratitude and thank each and every donor that continues to show their support.