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Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Tracy Murray received a cheque from 10 year old GC Huston Public School students, from left, Cassie Richardson, Samantha Acton, Olivia Laman and Rosalie Catalan. The funds were raised through a bake sale they organized at the school last month.

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The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation received a welcome donation from four GC Huston Public School students June 4 as they presented funds that they had raised through a bake sale at the school.

Grade 5 Huston Hawks Cassie Richardson, Samantha Acton, Olivia Laman and Rosalie Catalan, organized and baked the treats, ranging from muffins and brownies to snickerdoodles, as a fundraiser for the Southampton hospital, raising a total of $462.10.

“They wanted to do something for the hospital,” said GC Huston teacher Rebecca Smith. “On the night of our Spring concert they asked if they could set up outside and they sold to the families and raised some money.”

One of the four friends, 10 year old Samantha Acton, has spent time in hospital when last year she was airlifted to London’s Children’s Hospital after suffering a sinus infection that had spread into her brain.

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“We decided to do the bake sale to raise money for the hospital,” said Acton adding that the four students had planned the event, baked all the goods and even decided on the pricing for the different items.

“Sammy went through a scary experience in the hospital and that was for a long time," said 10 year old Catalan. "It wasn't a long time ago though, it was only last year," she added.

Catalan said the friends want the money to be used to make the hospital more homey. “We wanted to make it so it was more pleasant, so it doesn't feel like a hospital," she said. Comfort, a home away from home.”

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Tracy Murray said she was thrilled to receive the donation from the GC Huston students. “Sammy is actually going to be our Light the Way champion this year,” she explained.

“It helps get the story out and other kids see it and really that's what I'd like to see, is kids out in the community who are doing cool things. It doesn't have to be big," she said.