Hospital foundation’s COVID-19 fund overflows with donations from Londoners and businesses

The London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) has received a generous number of donations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to support London hospitals and front-line workers.

Local businesses and organizations have stepped up in a big way with donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and cash contributions.

The LHSF set up a COVID-19 fund last month, dedicated to helping London’s medical workers who are dealing with the virus first hand. Since the fund was established just a few weeks ago, nearly $500,000 has been raised.

“We’ve received about 100 calls or emails a day from people wanting to support our COVID-19 fund and specifically to support our front-line workers,” said John MacFarlane, president and CEO of the LHSF.

“It’s been a really amazing show of support.”

MacFarlane said the majority of the financial donations have come in the way of smaller contributions from Londoners wanting to help. The funds will be used to purchase life-saving equipment, such as PPEs, ventilators, ultrasound machines and Glidescopes.

Answering a call for PPE, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada gifted 14 ventilators to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), along with 860 N95 masks. The company said the equipment was originally intended for use in their light armoured vehicle ambulance variant, but will now go to the hospitals.

General Dynamics Land Systems donated 14 ventilators and 860 N95 masks to London hospitals. (Ed Middleton/CBC)

McCormick Canada, a London food manufacturer, also donated 1,000 N95 masks to the LHSC at the beginning of April.

The LHSF says many other donations have been contributed by London District Catholic School Board, Western University, VersaBank and more.

A number of hospital beds have been donated from the Faculty of Health Sciences Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and the School of Physical Therapy as well as critical care ventilators from the Fanshawe College Respiratory Therapy Program.

“The list goes on,” said MacFarlane. “We, the foundation and the hospital, just can’t thank the community enough for all they are doing in this real time of crisis and at the end of the day, we all want to support the true heroes, and those are the front-line health care workers.”

Donations to the LHSF can be made or arranged by visiting their website.

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