Jim and Heather Lockhart are no strangers to South Shore Regional Hospital.

The Lunenburg-area couple have both been cared for in several different departments at the 35-year-old hospital, including two medical emergencies that were almost fatal.

“This hospital will always be special to us,” reminisces Heather. “The fact is the reason I’m alive is thanks to this hospital. I never go too many days when that reality doesn’t cross my mind.”

The Lockhart’s donated stocks to the Brighter Days campaign, which Jim notes was one of the easiest decisions to make.

“It’s a chance to give to a very worthy cause. We gave to the Emergency Department, specially to the ambulance entrance and emergency entrance because our daughter has been a paramedic in Bridgewater for 20 years and these areas are like a second home to her. Also, Heather and I have been through these areas via an ambulance in the past, so we knew it needed work and we are looking forward to seeing the new version.”

“It’s like that old expression ‘what goes around, comes around’,” adds Heather. “Well, this is our way of repaying what went around.”

The Brighter Days Capital Campaign is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help ensure the residents of Nova Scotia’s South Shore have access to the best available health care facilities. The 48,705 sq. ft. expansion and redevelopment of the hospital is expected to be completed in 2025.

If you would like to make your own gift to the Brighter Days capital campaign: https://www.healthservicesfoundation.ca/ways-to-give/#online-donations