GANDER, NL – While the James Paton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has folded, the organization made one last donation to ensure the hospital’s healing garden is maintained for years to come.
Made up of retired hospital members and community volunteers, the organization was dedicated to raising funds for hospital equipment and other projects.
However, with a decline in members, the group decided to fold in April 2016.
In tallying up accumulated funds after shutting down, a balance of $62,000 remained.
On Sept. 27, the organization presented those funds to the hospital to establish the James Paton Memorial Hospital Endowment Fund, with generated revenue from investments being used to maintain the Lakeshore Healing Garden, located behind the hospital.
Brain Tremblett, development officer at James Patton, said the garden was started in 2013 and the auxiliary was the first organization to partner in its creation by contributing $50,000.
“The garden is basically set up to provide refuge to patients and family members, basically anyone who deals with situations in the hospital. It takes them outside of the clinical setting and offers a place of rehabilitation,” said Tremblett.
“As an organization, we are very pleased that the auxiliary has taken it upon itself to keep the garden going in perpetuity.”