Moyra Platts Trust
- Equipment not already covered by DHB’s or grants from other sources.
- Educational courses which the applicant cannot attain funding to attend either by student loan or grant.
- Attendance at a conference or event which would be beneficial to the applicant directly.
- Assistance toward an experience which will enhance their lives (Outward Bound, Spirit of Adventure etc)
Background to the Trust
Moyra Platts suffered a stroke when she was 63 years old. (Her daughter Gillian Bell had left the U.K. to make her life in NZ just 5 months before the stroke happened). Moyra was an individual with a determined spirit who did not let her stroke prevent her from getting on with her life.
During a visit to New Zealand, Moyra made many friends who had experienced stroke and enjoyed sharing her experience and discoveries. Moyra was a person who believed that a disability should not stop one from achieving dreams. She wrote 3 books, returned to driving and travelled across the world following her stroke. She also loved working, on a voluntary basis, with residents of a local Rest Home in the Yorkshire village where she lived.
She did this every week until she was 80 years old. At about the same time she stopped manning the church bookstall in the Methodist Chapel across the road from her house. Moyra died in her own home, at the ripe old age of 93, thirty years after her one and only stroke.
Moyra left a bequest to Stroke Central Region of $36,000 from which the annual interest is used to assist people with stroke to achieve their goals or try new things which may benefit them in their recovery and assist them to participate as fully as they can in the years ahead of them.
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