Above photo: LGH emergency physician Dr. Alec Ritchie (left) and firefighter Michael Kelso (right) rappelled the hospital tower to celerate LGH Foundation's $90 million fundraising milestone.
Two local heroes performed daring deeds in support of a campaign by the Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) Foundation to support the construction of a new acute care facility on the North Shore.
Seymour the Lion (a.k.a. City of North Vancouver firefighter Michael Kelso) and emergency physician Alec Ritchie rappelled down the seven-storey Paul Myers Tower at Lions Gate Hospital on Wednesday to unveil a 75-foot banner, which shows the campaign has reached its $90 million milestone.
The Foundation launched the biggest campaign in its history in February 2017 and, over the past 18 months, it has received more than 5,500 individual donations to support fundraising for the new facility.
“It really has been inspirational to see how the local community cares so much about our hospital and how generously people have responded to such a big ask," says Judy Savage, president and CEO of the LGH Foundation. “$90 million is a huge milestone, but we still have a lot of money to raise. I urge everyone on the North Shore to contribute what they can to support this life-changing facility, which will impact patients from the North Shore and beyond."