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Methven Care Trust Update

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, October 01, 2015

First of all, Methven Care Trust would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to our former trustee Ian Totty. Ian’s passing was a huge shock and upset, not only for the trust and the fundraising committee he led, but for all the other groups and causes Ian was involved with, and not least his family and friends. Ian was certainly pivotal to getting Methven Care Trust up and running and showed great leadership in enthusing our group of volunteers and developing the vision for the replacement for Methven House. We will miss him deeply.

Last month, Methven Care Trust held our launch public meeting to unveil the concept plans for a new Methven aged care facility. In freezing conditions, we were delighted with a turnout of more than 150 people at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall. The response and interest on the night confirmed that we are on the right track. Questions were asked and answered about the design of the complex, how it would be staffed, where the funds would come from and how long it would take us to build it. The current plan is for a new facility offering rest home level care with 20 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms. The facility will be sited on land gifted by the Lochhead Charitable Trust on Grace Ireland Drive. It will be designed so future stages can be added as funds allow and demand dictates. The big question on the night was how much will it cost? Currently estimates have brought the build in at around $5.5million. A base level amount will be fundraised locally and then regional and national grants will be applied for. In the next few months, Methven Care Trust will work with local groups and volunteers to run a series of fundraising events. The first confirmed event is a ‘Foothills House and Garden tour’ on Saturday Nov ember 28. Further volunteers are still needed to be hosts at the 12 properties which will be open during the tour. You need to be available between 9am and 3.30pm and two hosts will be stationed at each house. Please contact Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on or 021 274 6657 if you can help. Other ideas under development include a trial bike ride, a four wheel drive tour, a vintage car rally and vintage machinery open day and coin trail. All of these ideas have been contributed by the community but require manpower and support to happen. And we are not stopping there. Further suggestions are welcome as we have an ambitious target and our strategy is to involve as wide a cross section of the community as possible.

In the meantime, have a look at our new website and check out our GiveaLittle page. Methven Care Trust signs and posters are now displayed around town and brochures freely available at the supermarkets and local shops. Finally, for those of you who came to the public launch meeting, took away the BNZ fundraising cups and have since handed them into BNZ Methven with donations, thanks for your support! We have more cups available if anyone would like; particularly to involve children in the fundraising campaign. Again contact Sue on the above email and mobile number.


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