Comments about the work the Trust does…

Comments from families assisted by the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust:

“We are very, very grateful for the financial assistance the UCCMT has given us during our child’s recent illness and hospitalisation. Dealing with the illness whilst being away from home, with no income and no means to pay for the bare necessities for our family was extremely stressful and upsetting. The Trust was truly a blessing and is a great asset to our community. We hope that the community can continue to support and grow this very valuable cause.”

“We would like to say thank you to the UCCMT for their contribution to therapy sessions for our child. Already we are finding the counsellor’s input very beneficial.  We are overwhelmed with your generosity and understanding of our situation.”

“If it hadn’t been for your generosity with financial help, there would be no way that I would have been able to get the help my daughter so desperately needed.  May you be able to continue your kindness and support in helping others in the community.”

“The UCCMT provide, not only assistance to stay in this wonderful place, but genuine support from understanding people. Thank you for all your support and help during this difficult time for us. We really do appreciate your generosity.”

“Thank you so very much for your very generous donation to enable us to purchase a ‘freewheel’ attachment for our child’s wheelchair. This means she can now join in our walks down tracks and on the beach.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the family assistance we received for our daughter.  Through this support we were able to enrol in Play Therapy at a time our family needed it most.  We are stronger, more connected, aware and empathetic to what it happening in her world and why.  This understanding has had significant impact on our family as a whole and we hope to continue to grow, together.”

Comments from referring health practitioners:

The UCCMT does a superb job in supporting families with sick children. Some local families are really struggling financially, so it makes a huge difference when money is available to see a specialist or travel for treatment. It is great to live in a community with such a spirit of generosity and care for others.
Dr Lucy O’Hagan
Aspiring Medical Centre

As a local GP I am grateful for the existence of the Trust. Many hard working young parents genuinely cannot afford expenses involved in the medical care of their children, particularly if they are chronically unwell. I have used the Trust to help parents who cannot pay to take a child to an appointment in a base hospital, where the cost would have prohibited them from attending despite it being in the child’s best interest. I see the Trust as a very useful asset to the district when government/health agencies are unable to meet the needs of the child and their family, particularly in an area where they are already disadvantaged by lack of services.
Dr Jo Millis
Wanaka Medical Centre

As a children’s counsellor, I am so grateful to the UCCMT and the financial support they provide local families and children experiencing difficulties.  The UCCMT fills a need for children under the age of 12 who currently fall through gaps in government funded services.  I appreciate their passion and generosity, and have found the Trust easy to engage with and compassionate.  Thank you.           Frankie Dean                                                                                                                                                                  Registered Psychotherapist, Child-Centered Play Therapist

To have the support and funding from this Trust in our community is of enormous benefit to families who are struggling and have few choices. I am highly appreciative of their work because it means as a counsellor I can reach into and help families who otherwise would be left to face their crisis alone.
Liz Maluschnig
RN/Counsellor/ Parent Coach

The UCCMT is providing a much needed service in our community and along with my client’s parents I wish to thank the Trust most sincerely for the very special work that it does.
Pamela Stewart

I became aware of the UCCMT last year and have been extremely impressed with the projects they have been involved in .The Trust has been very quick to process any funding applications and Bev Rudkin has been readily available to discuss any queries I’ve had. Other therapists I work with in the greater Queenstown Lakes District are extremely envious of the fantastic support the families I work with receive through the UCCMT.
Paula Shorthall

The UCCMT have been extremely understanding and supportive in my request for funding. Many children don’t meet the criteria for government funded Speech Language Therapy, so private intervention is often required. There is a cost to this and some families are not in a position to fully fund this themselves. Thankyou to the wonderful committee who devote their time and expertise to this Trust to enable families with children in need to achieve their individual goals in the Upper Clutha region.
Susan Helmore BSLT (Hons) MNZSTA
Communicate Speech Language Therapy

Living in a rural setting with a child who has disabilities has many benefits but also many challenges. Families often feel isolated and have difficulty accessing specialist care, support groups, respite care, appropriate activities etc. I have found the UCCMT invaluable in “going the extra mile.” To have a trust in the area that is able to provide grants to promote quality of life activities for non government funded equipment, interventions etc is invaluable and a breath of fresh air. The children and families that I have worked with who have received support feel very excited and grateful. I have found your service very efficient and easy to work with. Keep up the great work!
Katrina Mitchell
Occupational Therapist
Central Otago Health Services Ltd
Dunstan Hospital

Other supportive comments:

We commend your team for the great work you do
Upper Clutha Lions

Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing. We do really appreciate the support you offer and the fantastic work that you are doing!
Aspiring Medical Centre

The Wanaka Masonic Lodge is pleased to support the Upper Clutha Medical Trust.
This organization does amazing work for the families of children in our area who are in a difficult financial position in regard to medical care.  We believe this organization deserves the support of all the citizens in the Upper Clutha area.
Gordon Girvan
Wanaka Masonic Lodge

The Rotary Club of Wanaka fully support the work that you are doing in our community. You are very passionate and focused on ensuring families are provided the much needed financial assistance and on behalf of the club we congratulate you on what the Upper Clutha Childrens Medical Trust has achieved..
Tony Brown