Lights of Hope Raises More Than $3.2 Million

January 6th, 2020

The annual fundraising effort surpasses milestone of $40 million raised since 1998

This year, the annual St. Paul’s Foundation Lights of Hope campaign received donations exceeding $3.2 million during the holiday season, surpassing the milestone of $40 million raised since the fundraising effort began 22 years ago. Funds raised will support the life-saving care at St. Paul’s and other Providence Health Care (PHC) sites, and new to the fundraising effort, contributions will also support the future of St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre. Generous donations from donors across BC will help fund urgently needed equipment, life-saving research, community programs, and other essential patient and resident services that would otherwise not be funded through traditional channels.

“For over two decades, hundreds of donors, volunteers and employees have been making this campaign possible, and it’s inspiring that we continue to exceed this level of support,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation. “Providence Health Care has touched patients and families across BC, and I’m moved by the ongoing generosity of our donors, whose charitable gifts will meet the greatest needs of our patients, now, and in the future at the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre.”

The Lights of Hope funds will support sites and programs, including:

  • The Patient Experience: While many patients visit St. Paul’s for a matter of hours at a time, others stay for days, weeks or even months. All patients, whether they stay overnight or not, and their families, usually benefit without knowing it from the support of generous donors to St. Paul’s Foundation.
  • The Resident Experience: Residents at various PHC sites are supported to continue to live meaningful lives. PHC’s guiding principles for long-term care homes are: emotional connections matter most, residents direct each moment, and home is a feeling. St. Paul’s Foundation provides funding to PHC’s long-term care homes to support equipment purchases and a wide range of programs that support this mission.
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies: Medical equipment and technology play an ever-greater role in patient care. Today, PHC’s equipment needs range from advanced imaging equipment to seemingly simple yet no less valuable devices. Often it’s these smaller items that can have an immediate and surprisingly large impact on care. Once again, St. Paul’s Foundation donors make possible the rapid acquisition of equipment that has been identified by medical staff as beneficial to the delivery of care.
  • Research: Paul’s research programs have an international reputation for their highly focused nature and the quality of the findings that emerge. Over 200 researchers contribute to the research community at Providence – nearly half of whom also have clinical responsibilities. These dual roles of scientist and caregiver ensure the benefits of research translate quickly into better patient care. Donors to St. Paul’s Foundation play a vital role in research funding, ensuring our researchers are able to leverage financial support provided by the Foundation to secure much larger grants. When donors make a gift to our Greatest Needs Fund they are supporting research efforts that can have a local, national and global impact.
  • Caring for the Community: Patient needs extend well beyond the expert medical care provided at St. Paul’s. Many people with chronic or complex illnesses benefit from access to support groups. These resources and services play an important role in prevention, understanding and management of illness and health education.

Over the past year, Providence Health Care served more than 600,000 patients from across BC, with 145,000 of those patients receiving care at St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s had more than 500,000 patient visits, with its Emergency Department alone receiving more than 88,000 of those visits.

The Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s will shine for the last time this season on January 6th, 2020 at dusk. The community can continue to donate to the campaign by visiting the Living Light installment at the Lights of Hope display, or by giving online at

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