Royals raise $22,000 for hospitals

Hockey for Hospitals supports purchase of specialized electric stretchers

An altruistic air augmented an evening of family, fun and amazing hockey on a night primed to raise funds for local hospitals.

“It was fantastic,” said Melanie Mahlman, executive director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, who talked to many a fan during the Royals hockey game billed as Hockey for Hospitals on March 5. “They loved the idea that they’re supporting the hospital. It was really exciting hockey and everybody had a great time and they raised $22,000.”

The Royals also hammered the Vancouver Giants 7-3.

Ticket sales and a donation raised $5,000 shy of their $27,000 goal to purchase three specialized electric stretchers for the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospital Emergency Departments.

Last year’s inaugural Hockey for Hospitals raised $25,000 for three transportable vital signs monitors for the ER at Victoria General Hospital.

The difference between 2015 and this year is a second gift last year.

“This year we had one which is lovely, it was a $9,000 gift but we could use another $5,000,” Mahlman said. “We’re really grateful to everyone that came out and supported us. It makes a difference.”

According to Island Health the two departments helped 108,000 people last year, 14,000 of them children. The stretchers provide critical information. For example, an immobile or unconscious person can be weighed directly on the stretcher, providing critical information when administering medication.

“They sound like pretty basic tools but they’re really really important to care,” Mahlman said. “They can raise and lower depending on what kind of care the person is receiving. There are a lot of people providing care … these stretchers facilitate that, the railings drop, the position can move.”

For more information on how to donate to the cause call 250-519-1750 or visit online.



Just Posted

Two popular Oak Bay art pieces to be installed permanently

Bodhi Frog and The Hunt stay thanks to public support and Oak Bay arts laureate Barbara Adams

Deadline looms for second annual Acorn Arts Award

Nominations for Oak Bay award must be in by Jan. 19

VIDEO: Murdoch to run for mayor

Two-term councillor Kevin Murdoch announces his intent to run for mayor’s chair in fall election

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

VIDEO: Murdoch to run for mayor

Two-term councillor Kevin Murdoch announces his intent to run for mayor’s chair in fall election

Late charge in Portland sees Victoria collect third straight WHL win

Matthew Phillips leads the way with three-point night in 4-2 win, Giants up next

UPDATE: Police release new footage, launch website in hunt for 13-year-old’s killer

IHIT say no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Marrisa Shen’s death

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Fines and extra patrols not happening at this time as ban begins Monday

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Former B.C. fire chief gets seven months for possession of child porn

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty during a brief hearing last year to one count

Most Read