Judy Richards is the general manager of Cherry Lane Shopping Centre which has donated almost $40,000 to help acquire medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion. Submitted photo

Cherry Lane boosts support for PRH expansion

Shopping Centre has donated almost $40,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation

Being part of the community means a whole lot to the folks at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.

Even more so when it comes to Penticton Regional Hospital.

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre has donated almost $40,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide the medical equipment for the current Penticton Regional Hospital expansion.

Judy Richards, general manager of Cherry Lane, said most of the funds stem from the shopping centre’s Photos with Santa during the Christmas season.

“We have the best Santa. He’s fantastic,” she said.

Over the past two years Cherry Lane has helped increase public awareness of the hospital expansion and the SOS Medical Foundation’s campaign.

“We’re community-minded and want to partner with the community,” Richards said.

Cherry Lane has become an unofficial community hub for the hospital expansion. Posters promoting the SOS Medical Foundation’s PRH equipment campaign adorn many of the walls. “Chat Heads” have also been posted, giving customers an opportunity to outline their own experiences at PRH.

“It’s a needed facility. We’re lucky because a lot of communities don’t have hospitals and people have to travel to get to hospital for treatment. So I think Penticton is really fortunate to have this growth to our hospital.”

Cherry Lane is also a strong supporter of many other charity organizations, allowing them to set up information booths or hold events inside the shopping centre. For example, the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary provides a gift wrapping service each December to benefit their cause.

Richards has been Cherry Lane’s general manager for the past four years, moving to Penticton from the Lower Mainland where she held similar positions at two other shopping centres.

She and her husband often visited Penticton in the late 1970s after riding across Canada on motorcycles from Halifax, shortly after Cherry Lane opened in 1975.

“We saw Cherry Lane from the beginning because we would shop here,” she said. “The food court was totally different and they had different anchor stores.”

Richards views her knowledge of Cherry Lane’s early years as a huge plus.

“I see Penticton as an absolute diamond and has lots of potential for positive growth,” she said.

Penticton is still large enough to offer such amenities as the hospital, the airport and significant retail operations, but not as hectic as Vancouver or even Kelowna.

“We felt Penticton gave us more personal identity – more of what we wanted in our life,” Richards said.

Cherry Lane has undergone several expansions and upgrades over the years and more are in the works.

An expansion to the food court is planned for 2018 with a possible major facelift to the main entrance also being considered. An environment-friendly landscaping upgrade, which began in 2016, is continuing.

Just Posted

Alleged Penticton shooter John Brittain waives preliminary trial

Brittain will return to court in January to schedule a trial date

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

James and Jamesy return to Penticton for more Christmas tea

Their Dec. 17 show explores friendship, the joy of giving, and a celebration of the imagination

Santa Parade lights up the streets of Penticton

People lined Main Street through the rain and chill in the air.

Tenore trio want to celebrate a Christmas with You

The tenor group performs at Penticton’s Church of the Nazarene tonight at 6 p.m.

Video: Magicians and Bubble Wonders highlight Penticton Shriners Variety Show

The annual fundraiser filled the Cleland Community Theatre on Sunday.

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Two Okanagan residents convicted and fined for hunting out of season

Both residents were convicted in a Kelowna provincial court

Book examines history of B.C. wine industry

Author Luke Whittall has studied the growth of the industry from the mid-19th century to today

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Holiday lights displayed in Summerland neighbourhood

Trout Creek neighbourhood to hold fourth annual lights contest

Most Read