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Wellington Legion Poppy Funds go toward new x-ray machine at the County’s hospital

Pictured in front of the PECM Hospital are Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation and Buck Buchanan, poppy fund chairperson. – Briar Boyce photo

As the need for priority medical equipment never stops, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital (PECMH) is grateful for the continued support of the Royal Canadian Legion in Wellington.

Buck Buchanan, on behalf of the Wellington Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Poppy Fund Committee, presented Shannon Coull, executive director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) with a gift of $2,000 on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The funds were raised through the 2021 poppy fund campaign.

The hospital foundation is charged with raising more than $1 million for equipment this year. Of that, $595,000 has been designated for the purchase of a new x-ray machine.

Last year, 8,800 x-ray images were taken at PECMH. The current machine is 14-years-old and image quality is diminishing. Because priority equipment purchases are not government funded, Branch 160 has stepped forward to help ensure x-ray services remain close by, in Prince Edward County, should veterans need them now or in the future.

The Legion’s $2,000 will be matched 1:1 by the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as part of their current campaign for donations.

Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation, adds that over the years, the four local Legion branches in Picton, Wellington, Consecon and Deseronto have contributed to exceptional care at PECMH.

“We are pleased to know their contributions and those of Provincial Command are not only helping ensure the best care for veterans, but for every one in Prince Edward County.”

“We are especially grateful to the Poppy Fund Committee for this gift that will go toward the purchase of an x-ray machine. Our doctors will use it to provide the patients requiring the use of the x-ray with proper diagnosis,” said Coull. “It’s vital for our community to continue to ensure our County hospital is equipped with the latest technology to keep our patients healthy. We are also proud to announce that, with this gift, Branch 160’s cumulative giving total to our hospital over the past 21 years has surpassed $16,000.”

Each November, people respectfully wear poppies in tribute to those who have fought and died for our country, but many may not fully realize the direct impact these flowers have on the community. While the primary purpose of the Poppy Fund is to provide assistance to former servicemen and women in need, a large portion of the funds raised in Prince Edward County help support charitable organizations in the community that provide service and care to veterans.

“Through your donations to the Poppy Fund, the Legion provides financial assistance and support to veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need,” said Buchanan. “We are thankful to everyone who supports the poppy campaign and the Legion. Because of you, the Legion is able to help others living in this community, including patients at the hospital have access to leading edge diagnostic equipment.”


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