Funds from the Royal Canadian Legion Cowichan Branch No. 53 will provide a big boost at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. A total of $3,000 was provided to the Foundation. From left: Dayna Haddon (Rehab Assistant), Kathleen Hepburn (Foundation President), Susan de Bree of the Legion Branch 53, Jan Phelps (Physiotherapist) and Anne Dawkes (Clinical Nurse Leader). (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Legion poppy funds assist Chemainus Health Care Centre

Foundation accepts donation for occupational therapy seat, hip protectors

The Royal Canadian Legion Cowichan Branch 53 has provided the Chemainus Health Care Foundation with $3,000 from its annual poppy campaign.

The money will be used for purchasing a premium seat with a swivel feature for exercise equipment plus snap and wrap hip protector briefs.

The poppy campaign yielded about $32,000 in 2017, poppy chair Susan de Bree indicated.

The campaign already supports causes at Cerwydden Care Centre, Sunridge Place, Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan.

“Because we have so much (money) even from last year, I asked our trustees if we could donate here,” said de Bree.

The Chemainus Health Care Centre falls within the same North Cowichan catchment.

“You guys are awesome,” said Health Care Foundation president Kathleen Hepburn in accepting the funds. “This is fantastic.

“It’s astounding for us. You see all the work that’s put in and it’s here.”

The seat will be put to good use for occupational therapy and the hip protectors, “they make a significant difference,” Hepburn added. “There’s been a significant decline in hip fractures as a result of falls with the use of these protectors.”

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