The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit is a big winner thanks to the owners of the McDonalds in North Bay and Sturgeon Falls.
Joanne and Brad Haines have been able to send funds to the facility thanks to the money that’s raised through McHappy Days.
Five years ago the Haines pledged $25,000 for the mental health unit.
However, Brad Haines says thanks to “fantastic community support” that pledge was easily surprised.
Haines says the latest McHappy Day event raised $6,559.25 bringing the five-year pledge to $36,363.
The Haines presented the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation with the latest cheque from this year’s McHappy Days.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHU) provides a healing environment for young people recovering from mental illness.
Brad Haines says because of community support “we help ensure children in our community have access to the care they need close to home”.
Erin Kennedy, the Manager of the CAMHU, says the facility helps transition its patients from the hospital back to their homes.
Kennedy says this can be a difficult time.
That’s because as children go through recovery programs, the routines and plans that have been developed during their stay are disrupted.
She says that disruption can sometimes cause a child’s treatment to regress.