WINCHESTER — It was a very snowy day in December when the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation lit the Christmas Wish Tree in the hospital lobby.
And it was appropriately snowy again on Feb. 7 as the Foundation announced the grand total raised as a result of the annual tradition: The newly renamed
Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree generated just over $58,000 to support patient care at WDMH.
“We can’t thank our local communities enough for supporting The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree,” notes Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. “This annual tradition was made even more special this year as we honoured Judy Lannin, a former staff member who started the program.”
Funds raised have been directed to the WDMH Foundation Family Care Fund. “WDMH has been caring for families in our communities for decades and our new Family Care Fund recognizes that commitment. Donations to the Family Care Fund will be used where your gift is needed most,” explains Kristen.
The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree invites donors to provide a gift in memory or honour of a loved one, doctor, health care provider, neighbour or veteran. In the last 20 years, more than $930,000 has been raised for WDMH’s highest priority needs.