Trust gets in the swim

Central Leader - - News -

Help­ing to turn a woman into the Lit­tle Mer­maid doesn’t sound like the kind of project that would get any grants.

But when the Ker­rTay­lor Trust Board got Mt Al­bert res­i­dent Nadya Vessey’s ap­pli­ca­tion, it was happy to pitch in.

Ms Vessey lost her legs be­low the knee as a child and asked Weta Work­shop to make her a mer­maid tail so she could swim.

It agreed and she was able to get some of the fund­ing from the trust.

“I thought it was quite broad-minded of them to put money up for some­thing like that.”

The trust gives out yearly grants pre­dom­i­nantly to peo­ple or groups in Mt Al­bert.

Applications have closed for this year’s grants and they will be awarded later this month.

Chair­man Peter Singh says the tail pro­posal cap­tures the imagination and is a tech­nol­ogy that could help oth­ers.

“We like to give seed­ing grants.”

Other un­usual projects the trust has helped in­clude con­tribut­ing to­wards a re­con­di­tioned mo­bil­ity scooter for a man who rode his scooter from San­dring­ham to Royal Oak ev­ery day.

Mr Singh says the trust is a last re­sort for many peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email the trust at kerr. tay­lor@xtra.co.nz.

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