The James A. Beattie Foundation recently made a generous donation of $50,000 to support the Chatham-Kent Hospice. This gift is one of many the Beattie Foundation has donated over the years as a result of the efforts of two brothers – James (Jim) and Jack Beattie from Middlesex County.
The brothers made their fortune in the crude oil industry and while doing business, they realized that the elderly in their community were not being cared for properly. After Jack’s death in 1957, the oil fields were sold and the James A. Beattie Foundation was set up in 1958. Through the Foundation, the Beattie Haven Home for the Aged was established. For over 55 years, the Foundation supported the home for seniors until it was sold. It still operates today as a retirement home.
The Foundation continues to support seniors, specifically the Chatham-Kent Hospice and the Hospice of Elgin, currently under construction. They also support children’s charities in the region.
“This generous donation is the direct result of two brothers who saw a need and met it. Not only did they support seniors for many years, but their legacy continues to support families in the area through the Chatham-Kent Hospice. We are very grateful to the Foundation for their care and compassion for local families as they say good-bye to their loved one” shared Jodi Maroney – Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.
Photo: Jack Morrison – President of the James A. Beattie Foundation presents the cheque to Chatham-Kent Hospice nurses, Sue and Annya.