Langley, B.C. (October 24, 2018) – Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation is ready to reveal the identity of the donor who has offered up one million dollars to match all donations made in October to Emergency Response, the fundraising campaign to build a new emergency department at Langley Memorial Hospital.

“I was inspired after a visit to the Emergency Department”, says Eric Woodward, founder of the donating organization, the Eric Woodward Foundation. “The caregivers there work so hard each and every day for all of us, in a space that we all know is just too small and out-of-date. Everyone in Langley deserves better.”

Woodward took his inspiration to the Board of Directors at the recently formed Eric Woodward Foundation and together they approached the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation with a request to use a million dollar donation to encourage others in the community to join the cause.

“We’re deeply committed to the sustainability and ongoing vitalization of Langley,” says Board Chair Tom Kirstein. “The Eric Woodward Foundation was created to support charities and causes within Greater Langley and we couldn’t think of a better way to fulfil our mandate and improve life for future generations than through supporting a new Emergency Department.”

To date, the match has generated over $980,000 in donations to the campaign.

But according to Woodward, that’s not enough. “Originally, we agreed to end the match on October 27, but we’re committed to giving a full million dollars. If the community can step up and raise that last $20,000 we will honour the full million dollar match.”

From now until October 31, all donations to the campaign will be matched, dollar for dollar until the million dollar match is exhausted - resulting in up to a $2-million gift for the campaign.

To have your gift matched, dollar for dollar, visit langleyer.com/match.

The new emergency department is slated to open in fall 2020 and will double the current footprint and ensure that as Langley continues to grow, people in this community will have access to emergency care, in a space built to meet their needs.

The new MRI – a first for Langley - will be operational in 2019, and support over 7,500 exams within the first 12 months.

For more information, please contact:    

Terra Scheer, Communications  |  Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation
Terra.Scheer@fraserhealth.ca    
Direct: 604.514.6188   Cell: 604.613.1943