Hell’s Gate Airtram recognized for ongoing hospice work

Fraser Canyon business named top supporter of the charity

Ashleigh Erwin (left)

Ashleigh Erwin (left)

Fraser Canyon Hospice Society formally recognized Hell’s Gate Airtram as a top supporter of the charity following an annual cheque presentation last Friday.

“We know there are many worthy causes in Hope and we are honoured to be the company’s charity of choice,” said Ashleigh Erwin, hospice coordinator.

For many years, Hell’s Gate Airtram had donated its monies raised from the Wishing Well on their property to different charities and organizations in the Fraser Canyon. The passing of general manager Barry McKinney in 1998 prompted the company to choose Fraser Canyon Hospice Society as its charity of choice. All monies were to be earmarked to cover the cable TV in the palliative care wing at Fraser Canyon Hospital in memory of Barry.

Since that time, the Hell’s Gate staff have become more involved and have hosted different fundraising events, such as Legion bingo, corporate bowling, spin the wheel at the annual Pumpkin Drop, and bottle drives. Furthermore, Hell’s Gate has given in-kind door prizes for Fraser Canyon Hospice Society events, offered staff to volunteer and used these opportunities to raise awareness and inspire other community agencies to support the cause of hospice palliative care.

Since 2006 alone, Hell’s Gate has contributed more than $6,245 to the Society.

Fraser Canyon Hospice Society prides itself on offering programs free of charge. This would not be possible without donations from the community and sponsors such as Hell’s Gate Airtram.

To support the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society, visit www.frasercanyonhospice.org or call 604-860-7713.