The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is raising funds to equip the top two floors in the Polson tower.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is raising funds to equip the top two floors in the Polson tower.

Light A Bulb campaign surpasses goal

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation initiative raised $251,940

Despite a slow start, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light a Bulb campaign was an overwhelming success.

The campaign raised $251,940, surpassing its $250,000 goal.

“We asked for help and people responded with resounding support,” said Richard Finn, campaign co-chairperson.

“Every donation we received was important in making this happen.  We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to Light a Bulb for better health care in the North Okanagan.”

All funds raised from Light a Bulb will be designated to the Tower of Care campaign to equip the sixth and seventh floors of the hospital’s Polson Tower.

“This is very encouraging,” said Chris Cunningham, campaign co-chairperson.

“More than 9,600 patients were admitted to VJH in 2012/13.  We need more rooms, more beds and life-saving equipment. The support from Light a Bulb brings us closer to achieving our $2.5 million goal for Tower of Care.”

Among the donations to Light a Bulb were those from Awards and Trophies Headquarters, Leko Precast and Sunridge Poultry Farms.

“The VJH Foundation offers its deepest appreciation to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that generously supported the 26th annual Light a Bulb campaign,” said Finn.