Mellowpuff Trust puts school on spin cycle

21:13, Sep 02 2014
Mellowpuff Trust
SPIN CYCLE: Terry Long from the Mellowpuff Trust helps Spotswoods Collage student Chris Maxwell with the laundry.

Cleanliness can now be a top priority for a group of Spotswood College students.

The school's experience unit has been refitted with a new washing machine, sink and dryer, worth about $4000, which were donated by the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust. Students are now able to wash their sports gear and uniforms.

Teacher June Moseley said the school's old washing machine and dryer were about 15 years old and had stopped working a year ago.

A staff member had been taking the sports uniforms and other linen home to wash.

However the equipment provided more than just clean clothes for the unit's 53 students. Moseley said it teaches them lifeskills they can use when they go flatting or away to university.

Spotswood was the second group to benefit from a $127,000 donation Mellowpuff received from the sale of a section by Fernbrook 2011 Ltd in May. Last month Parafed Taranaki Youth Wheelchair Basketball received $1500 worth of training gear.

Mellowpuff trustee Terry Long said it was special to be able to give back to the school his daughter Melissa attended, before she died from leukaemia in 2006.

Long said the college had been donating to the trust but never asked for anything back.

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