Methven Care Trust - News


New Aged Care Facility - A Step Closer

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, September 11, 2017

Allan and Alma Lochhead, who established the Lochhead Charitable Trust in 1988, wished that a 6150 square metre (one and half acre) block of land on Grace Ireland Drive, Methven, be given to the community of Methven for the establishment of a new aged care facility.

For four decades, the elderly of Methven has been cared for in Methven House, the former maternity hospital on Morgan Street. Methven House is unique in Mid-Canterbury as it is owned by the people of Methven and administered by a Committee comprised of community members.

“Forty years of care, forty years of commitment, forty years of empathy and forty years of devotion has been given to the people that have walked through the doors and made Methven House their home. That, quite frankly, is a mighty effort for a community of this size.” Said Methven Care Trust Chairperson Jo Suyker.


But now the building needs to be replaced and the Methven Care Trust was established in October 2014 to raise funds for and oversee the building of a new aged care facility.  Fundraising has begun in earnest with $5m set as the target.

Advance Ashburton, who has taken over the management of the Lochhead Charitable Trust, is delighted to fulfil the Lochhead’s wishes and transfer the land to the Methven Care Trust.

“Having the land demonstrates Methven Care Trust’s commitment for the project to the district.  Methven has a wide respect for Allan and Alma Lochhead’s philanthropy to our community and we are honoured to be the benefactors of this very generous gift”, said Jo Suyker.

On September 9th, the land valued at $470,000 was transferred to the Methven Care Trust and the new facility, which will provide a modern, sustainable and community-run residential-care home, became one big step closer.


Mrs Alma Lochhead, Trevor Croy (Chairman of Advance Ashburton Community Foundation), Joanna Suyker (MCT Chairperson), Roger Henderson and Colin Lill (MCT Trustees), John Goodwin (Lochhead Charitable Trust Trustee) on site of the planned new aged care facility in Methven.

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