Philip and Sherry Evershed Donate $1 million to Humber River Health
“Not long ago, a family member of mine was ill. They couldn’t sleep because they were having difficulty breathing,” says Philip Evershed. “They didn’t know where to turn, so I told them to go to Humber. Humber River Hospital has always been there for my family.”
Once in Humber’s Apotex Emergency Department, they received the care they needed, and Philip appreciated the way the staff went above and beyond.
“The most important thing someone could have done for us in that situation was to keep my family calm and provide care and information in a timely manner,” he says. “Humber did that.”
Recently, Philip and his wife Sherry made a $1 million commitment to Humber River Health Foundation, supporting our areas of greatest need.
“As Canadians, we have a lot of pride in our healthcare system,” says Sherry. “We knew we wanted to support healthcare and couldn’t think of a better place to start than our own Hospital, which has cared for our family and community.”
The Eversheds and their three children have lived in Etobicoke and North Toronto, and over the years their family has turned to Humber River Hospital and its legacy sites when they needed care.
“Every time I have been there, the staff have been excellent,” says Philip. “Even when I’ve had to wait, they’ve made sure I understood how long it would be and the reason I was waiting.”
In honour of Philip and Sherry’s donation, Humber River Health Foundation has installed their plaque in the Emergency Triage Corridor Fast Track Lounge.
“We are grateful for Philip and Sherry’s tremendous support,” says Humber River Health Foundation President & CEO Sandra Sualim. “Their donation will have a lasting impact on our patients, including those moving through our Apotex Emergency Department, and the community we serve.”
“When I look at our healthcare system, one of the most important things we can do is accelerate and expand our ability to see people when they need it,” says Philip. “My experience with Humber River Hospital is that they have always been very good at doing that. I’m interested in how the Hospital is using technology to improve wait times and speed up information and care.”
“In the end, we are supporters of the Hospital and its ability to help families like ours in our community,” says Sherry, “No matter what they need.”