Whitcoulls Milford Christmas Teddy Bear Recipient
We are thrilled to have been selected as the recipient for this year's Whitcoull's Milford teddy bear campaign. This year's bear Alfred, is already available to purchase in store and donate to the Trust. The bears are given out to children who are in the Wilson Centre rehabilitation and respite accommodation over the Christmas period and at our annual Christmas events.
We also send these out to children who are not able to attend events and to families who we know will struggle to provide Christmas presents for their children. We are extremely grateful for the support we get from the local community who buy and donate the bears to us. In previous years the Trust has received over 250 bears to give away.
St Leonards Chapel Maintenance
During the first Covid 19 lockdown, we were able to finalise plans for maintenance and upgrading work on the St Leonard’s Road Chapel. Despite the second lockdown in Auckland in August, the building team were able to continue working on the project. They have now installed new insulation in the Chapel ceiling, repaired and strengthened walls and painted the vestry and altar. All the work has now been completed just in time for the start of the wedding season.
The Chapel is also available to hire for christening and naming ceremonies and small community group activities. For more information contact Justine on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 485 3464.
A Very Special Gift from William Neville Grant’s Estate
Trust Manager Carol White accepting the cheque from Brendan Green, Perpetual Guardian
Just before Covid 19 level four lockdown, we received an unexpected phone call from Perpetual Guardian to advise us of a bequest left to the Wilson Home Trust. We were advised that this was from the William Neville Grant Estate but were taken completely by surprise when a cheque for $133,487 was finally able to be presented to us in late June.
We wanted to know a little bit more about William Neville Grant and why he chose the Trust as his final beneficiary. Born in 1887 in the Albertland on the Kaipara Harbour, William has seven siblings – four brothers and three sisters. The family were all hard workers, moving around the North Island working on the land and clearing bush for farmland. William eventually settled down, buying a farm on great South Road in Auckland.
According to one of his grandchildren, he was always a gentlemen, very kind and thoughtful. He also experienced trauma and hardship in his life – losing his wife during the birth of his premature twin boys and then one of these sons in an accident as a 19 year old. He remarried and adopted a third child and went on to live a long and happy life until he died of cancer at age 71. Shortly before he passed away he learned his land was going to be taken for future motorway development and it is the sale of this land to Auckland Council, that resulted in the basis of today’s legacy left to the Wilson Home Trust.
Throughout his life, William always helped other people in need and realised and understood that continued assistance and income made a huge difference in people’s lives. His descendants feel happy and proud that his legacy lives on to help others as he wished it to do..
Covid 19 Emergency Support Contacts
We know that many of you are struggling to try and get food and medication at the moment. Civil Defence have set up emergency 0800 numbers in areas throughout the country and can assist with providing food and other support you might need. They are available to call between 7am and 7pm. Here are the numbers for the areas in the Upper North Island as well as a national number which operates until 1am in the morning
Civil Defence Emergency Numbers
Government national helpline 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).
Northland 0800 790 791
Auckland 0800 222 296
Waikato 0800 800 405
Bay of Plenty 0800 884 222
Tairawhiti/Gisborne 0800 653 800
Take care everyone and we are all working remotely at the Wilson Home Trust office so please do call or email us if you need help or support.
This year the Wilson Home Trust ran a week of Christmas activities, to try and provide the opportunity for more of our beneficiaries, supporters and the local community to celebrate with us.
The week began with the creation of a Santa’s grotto and manger with live animals, for beneficiaries to visit on three differing days. Over 70 beneficiaries and their families attended, with very positive feedback on the choice of day and the grotto and animals. Several mentioned the quietness and calmness of the day, compared with other Christmas events that they wouldn’t attend. The Christmas gifts everyone received were also a lovely surprise.
Later in the week, the Trust hosted Christmas lunch for our volunteers who keep our gardens and grounds beautiful and clean. And the week concluded with a Christmas Community Concert in our gorgeous Chapel. We had great entertainers for the afternoon - the Royal New Zealand Navy Band Saxophone Quartet and pianist Se Joon Park, with audience enjoying a sing along of Christmas carols’.
Thank You Lions Club of Hillcrest
On November 6 our Trust Manager Carol was delighted to be invited to the Lions Club Hillcrest meeting to share dinner and be presented with a cheque for $6,100 for the Wilson Home Trust. We have since welcomed several members of the Club for a site visit and tour of our beautiful grounds.
Thankyou to Westlake Girls High School
Earlier this year we were approached by Jemma Maxted from Westlake Girls High School about the possibility of fundraising for the Wilson Home Trust.
Each year, the five Houses within the school choose a charity to focus their efforts on, with children being the choice for 2019. The prefects and Deans of Wairau House were keen to choose the Wilson Home Trust as it is local and really makes an impact by helping young people in the community.
Jemma was particularly excited to co-ordinate bake sales, pizza drives etc to raise funds as Westlake Girls High School have had a few students who have been cared for in the Home and they wanted to give something back.
And late in October, we were thrilled to be invited to Westlake Girls High School assembly to be presented with a cheque for $2,353.40. Our thanks to Jemma Maxted, the prefects and Deans of Wairau House for their effort and enthusiasm in raising such a significant amount of money for us.