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Poppies support families in time of grief

The Quadra Island Legion’s poppy fund is being put towards helping families that are going through a difficult time

The Quadra Island Legion’s poppy fund is being put towards helping families that are going through a difficult time.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 154 on Quadra has made a donation towards the Family Grieving Room in the new Campbell River Hospital.

Gillian Green, sergeant-at-arms and poppy fund chair, said the Legion is pleased to contribute.

“On behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 154 Quadra Island, it is our pleasure and privilege to present the Campbell River Hospital Foundation with $10,000 to assist in furnishing the Grieving Room in the new hospital,” Green says. “These funds were raised during the annual poppy campaigns through the generosity of Quadra and Cortes islanders. We feel that this room, where families can come together and grieve together, provides a final act of care and service for veterans, their families, and for all members of the communities of Quadra, Cortes, Campbell River, and the North Island area.”

Leonard and Marilyn Lamb, past poppy chairs for Quadra Island, had originally championed the idea of giving to the Hospital Foundation.

Len passed away in November, 2013 and Marilyn passed after a battle with cancer this past spring. Their wish continued to live on and the paperwork for the donation was submitted to BC/Yukon Command in October and approval was granted on Nov. 2, coincidentally on what would have been the Lamb’s 53rd wedding anniversary, making this wonderful gift especially meaningful and bittersweet.

“The Family Grieving Room will be an important addition to our new hospital,” says Stacey Marsh, executive director of the Hospital Foundation.

“This will give families a quiet and private space to be together and mourn the loss of their loved one and we are very grateful.”