Planning a Gift: Ross Butchart
“I firmly believe that something good will come from my gift,” says Ross Butchart.
Ross is a long-time supporter of NHH Foundation and has planned a bequest in his Will to help fund medical equipment and technology at NHH. He has chosen to direct his financial support to two organizations close to his heart, of which NHH Foundation is one, and gives his time in support of others. He has volunteered as a driver for the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 14 years and serves as a Coach to provide mentorship for small and medium-sized businesses through Faster Forward Business Success Program.
Now retired, Ross led a successful business career in the garment and hosiery industries. He was also formally one of the owners of Cobourg Home Hardware, which he and his brother, Dave, and father, Jim, purchased together in 1979. This is when Ross’ connections to the Northumberland community first began, and they have grown ever since.
One of these connections today is NHH, a hospital whose medical team has cared for many of Ross’ loved ones. When Ross moved to Cobourg in 2008 with his wife, Judy, they had no idea the role their new local hospital would play in their lives. Judy was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and after a courageous fight, she ultimately passed away in 2011 in the Palliative Care Unit. Around this time, family and friends came together to raise funds to support the Palliative Care program in her honour and Ross has supported NHH Foundation ever since.
“I’m fortunate to be in a position where I’m able to give back,” explains Ross. “I’m grateful to the hospital for the care provided not only to Judy, but to my father, step-mother and other members of my family. Each time someone has needed the hospital, the care and the team have been exceptional.”
Ross contributes annually to the Foundation’s general funds to support the Hospital’s highest priority needs. This is how his bequest will be directed as well.
“You can’t go wrong supporting healthcare where you live,” shares Ross. “It’s important to me that my donations will be put to good use, and I have every confidence that the Foundation and Hospital will ensure they are.”