With its groundbreaking scheduled this week, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre representatives made a stop at Cobourg council first to pick up the town's $60,000 donation.
Patti Ley (who co-chairs the fundraising committee with her husband Gord) and Community Care Northumberland executive director Trish Baird received the cheque with thanks.
Community Care has provided hospice and palliative-care services throughout the county for some years, and Baird is delighted that there will soon be a second residential hospice facility in Northumberland (in addition to The Bridge in Warkworth).
She recalled that it was barely two years ago that the Central East Local Health Integration Network approved the hospice beds and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins came to Cobourg to make the official announcement,
It's been a whirlwind two years since, she said, with amazing shows of support from the community that included two million-dollar donations to complement the province's $1.2-million - $1-million from Brian and Kym Read and $1.5-million from Ed and Diane Lorenz (in whose honour the facility will be known as Ed's House).
Mayor John Henderson said the groundbreaking on Ontario Street north of Highway 401 will be a momentous occasion.
“On behalf of our council, we are delighted we can play a small part,” Henderson said.