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A patient is taken into Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency ward in this file photo. Robert Lemon watched a documentary on the Knowledge Network that profiled the VGH emergency room and decided to make a donation to the public broadcaster.

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The donor: Robert Lemon

The gift: $10,000 and a future legacy gift

The cause: B.C.’s Knowledge Network

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When Robert Lemon’s partner, Robert Ledingham, suffered a stroke five years ago, he was rushed to the Vancouver General Hospital and seemed to be fine at first. But, within a few hours, Mr. Ledingham died while still being treated in the emergency room.

Mr. Lemon was devastated, but he was also impressed with the care his partner received from the doctors and nurses at the hospital. “They handled it remarkably,” he recalled.

Sometime later, he watched a documentary on the Knowledge Network that profiled the VGH emergency room and included the doctors who had treated Mr. Ledingham, who was a well-known interior designer. Mr. Lemon found the program riveting and decided to make a $10,000 donation to the public broadcaster. He also plans to include a gift to the network in his estate.

“Education was always something Bob was very keen on,” said Mr. Lemon, a Vancouver architect who specializes in historic-building restoration. The Knowledge Network demonstrated “the ability for television to broaden education,” and “I thought it would be a suitable legacy for Bob,” Mr. Lemon said.

Mr. Lemon hopes the donation will help the channel commission more documentaries like the VGH program. “I think it’s worth supporting an organization that would commission a show like that,” he said.

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