Doctors help hospital

A popular event has rounded up key support for health care.

The Vernon Doctors Hockey Tournament, founded by Dr. William Cawkell, has donated $75,000 to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation for surgical services and the purchase of a chest compression system.

“Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to Dr. Cawkell and the physicians who support this tournament,” said Sue Beaudry, VJHF director of development.

Cawkell started the hockey tournament in 1983, and now it includes 24 teams playing 48 games over a two-day period. More than 300 physicians converge in Vernon to take part in Western Canada’s largest symposium of physicians.

Annually, the tournament donates $5,000 to a local charitable cause, and another $5,000 is awarded to a team who donates to a charity within their own community.

An investment fund that started years ago, accumulated to almost $100,000. With the retirement of Dr. Cawkell in 2016, it was decided to donate the fund to the VJH Foundation.