March 23, 2015 - 4:17 PM
VERNON - Co-workers continue to support a Vernon nurse left unable to walk after a hit and run last winter.
As part of an ongoing fundraiser called Robin’s Journey, co-workers have launched a silent auction to help support her financially. Organizer Tina Berg says the community’s response so far with donations has been overwhelming.
“Robin has worked in the community for so long caring for people, it’s nice to see people want to give back,” Berg says.
Robin Orcherton, who was left paralyzed from the neck down after the December 2014 accident, continues to recover and undergo rehab therapy at Vancouver General Hospital. Her family has been at her side the whole time, and Berg hopes the money raised will help them stay where they need to be, as well as provide anything else Orcherton needs to be comfortable. The fundraising goal is $25,000.
Online bidding will be open on the Facebook page Fundraiser for “Robins Journey” from April 6-13. The auction closes at 8 p.m. on April 13. Many items have already been donated from businesses near and far, and Berg says anyone else wishing to donate can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Interior Health employees have been involved in the fundraising campaign by distributing letters to local businesses about the silent auction.
Police arrested 22-year-old Michael Timothy George Heeley, of Vernon, in connection with the hit and run. He faces charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, failure to stop at an accident and attempting to obstruct justice.
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