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.
Epsom Garden Club Site Visit
Earlier this month we welcomed the first of our garden club visitors - the Epsom Garden Club for the spring/summer season. This is one of the largest group of visitors we have had here for awhile, but after a gloomy start the sun came out in time for a photo or two. If you belong to a group who might be interested in visiting our site and the gardens, please do get in touch via email email@example.com or phone 09 488 0126. We love showing people around and sharing the history of our very special home.
Ulysses North Shore Club Raise $4,000 for Wilson Home Trust
A visit from a local member of the North Harbour Ulysses Club, Wayne whose grandson was staying on site, led to a conversation about the possibility of the Club fundraising for the Wilson Home Trust. Being north shore based the Club was looking for a local charity to support and we were thrilled when they chose the Wilson Home Trust. The initial fundraising target was $3,000 which would enable the Trust to buy a big screen TV, playstation, Nintendo and Wii consoles for the children who stay on site. After only two months of fundraising the Club rang to say that had already raised the funds needed and hinted that a few extra dollars had been raised which they wished to donate to us.
Little did we know when we arrived at the Club’s July meeting that the extra dollars raised would amount to $1, 600 – resulting in a grand total of $4,000 raised for the Wilson Home Trust.
Trust Manager Carol White and Services & Support Co-Ordinator Felicity Hendricks with Ulysses Club members Peter, Wayne and Rob.
Celebrating our Gardening Group Volunteers
As part of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to acknowledge the huge contribution made by our gardening volunteer group - many of whom have been coming to the Trust every week to help keep our grounds and gardens maintained for more than 15 years. Every Thursday morning, rain or shine, they arrive with big smiles and often some home made baking to share at morning tea. so it was only right that the Trust provided the hospitality with mid winter Christmas lunch. We were thrilled with the turn out including two of our previous volunteers who aren't able to come any longer.