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Grand Bank business and local ambulance service team up again


Being transported in an ambulance because of a medical emergency is always stressful, even more so when the patient is a child.

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Paula Durnford and Elizabeth Hanham, employees with Aylwards Home Centre in Grand Bank, presented teddy bears to the staff of Grand Bank/Fortune Ambulance Service Inc. The teddy bears are given to sick children who require ambulance transport to a health care facility. Ken Keeping, Paula Tarrant, Colin Clements, Derrick Dunne, Craig Barnes, Paddy Gaulton and Sherry Stacey represented the ambulance service.

For the last 10 years, Aylwards Home Centre in Grand Bank has been working with Grand Bank/Fortune Ambulance Service Inc. to make the experience a little more pleasant.

The store has been providing teddy bears that the ambulance personnel give to children when they have to be transported to a medical facility.

Professional care paramedic and ambulance service administrative assistant Derrick Dunne said the teddy bears mean a lot to children who medically require a transfer by ambulance.

“It helps them get through their ordeal,” he said. “It’s comforting for them to hold that little teddy bear. It helps them calm down and get through what can be a terrifying experience for them.”

Dunne thanked Aylwards for its display of corporate citizenship.  “The store has been a big supporter of the ambulance service in the area for many years. We truly appreciate everything the staff and management does for us.”

Elizabeth Hanham, a long-time employee with Aylwards, called it a pleasure for the company to give to the community, knowing that the donations have helped children in such a special way.

“We take great pleasure in giving back to the community by providing teddy bears to help comfort sick children being transported on an ambulance,” she said. “The company has been doing this on a long-term basis and feels its part of its corporate responsibility.”

The Southern Gazette

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