Trust gives hospice money for cars

Arohanui Hospice has added two cars to its fleet, largely thanks to a trust from the late Nancy Thomson.

The cars would be used by staff travelling to visit the majority of hospice patients, who are cared for in their own homes, said fundraiser Jacki Ramson.

One will be used by the community nursing team to visit patients in Palmerston North, Ashhurst, Norsewood, Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua, Eketahuna and as far as Akitio, and the other by social workers and the chaplain offering patient and family support, grief counselling, bereavement support and pastoral care.

Most of the money ($50,000) for the cars has come from the N H and J R Thomson Charitable Trust, administered by Guardian Trust, topped up by $10,000 from The Lion Foundation and $9500 from the Eastern and Central Community Trust, with the cars supplied by Palmfeild Motors.

The trust of the late Nancy Thomson, who spent her later life in Palmerston North, made Arohanui its major recipient this year. It was also making distributions to the Child Cancer Foundation in Manawatu ($30,000), and other nationwide causes, said Philip Morgan Rees, Guardian Trust's general manager of personal client services.

More than 30 organisations have benefited from the trust in the past 12 years, during which time it has distributed more than $1.8 million.

One of the trust's most significant impacts was providing start-up funding to Project Hiedi (hearing impairment: early detection and intervention) which was instrumental in the successful lobbying of the Government to implement the universal newborn hearing screening and early intervention programme.

"Nancy was very astute right up to her 90s; she took keen interest in all affairs of her agency and the trust. She would love to visit the charities that benefited from the grants to observe the difference the charities' work made to the community," Morgan Rees said.

Manawatu Standard