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Here’s how you can raise a flag for the folks at Royal Columbian Hospital

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A Coquitlam business has teamed up with the Royal Columbian Hospital on a new fundraiser.

A newly launched fundraiser allows folks to show a little love for the healthcare workers at Royal Columbian Hospital.

Andrew Crompton, franchise partner of Fastsigns Coquitlam, said the company has launched a new fundraiser for the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

“We have been working with the team at Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation for many years , supporting them wherever we can,” he said in an email to the Record. “A local resident reached out to us looking for a banner to celebrate the hard work of all of our front line workers.”

Fast Signs reached out to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation about its idea to raise funds for the foundation’s Covid 19 Response Fund. The result is a series of vinyl banners that people can purchase for $50 plus tax, with $25 from each banner going into the fund.

The vinyl banners are eight feet long and two feet tall. They can be ready two to three days after orders are placed and can be mailed out or picked up (in a safe, no-touch manner) at Fastsigns Coquitlam.

“As far as I know people are going to hang them on fences or from balconies, and businesses will be putting them in their windows or hang from awnings,” Crompton said.

Jason Howe, public affairs director for the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, said three designs are available. He said Fastsigns Coquitlam has been a strong supporter of the hospital’s work for a number of years, including being a sponsor of the annual Making the Cut Charity Golf Classic, which is organized by front-line staff.

“The company came forward with this idea in recent days as a way to not only help raise money but also as a mechanism for people to continue to show support for our hospital team as well as all essential services workers,” he said. “Partial proceeds will go towards the COVID-19 Response Fund, which is helping the foundation address the needs of the hospital as those needs continue to evolve during this pandemic.”

Order forms and more information are available by emailing Fastsigns Coquitlam at