Trust gets in the swim
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.