Recognising our
Corporate Sponsors and Partners

The generous support of corporate sponsors has assisted the Trust in achieving its goals.

It is so often, through adversity, that we are challenged to make a difference.

We could not save Nicholas, but we could ensure support for families who and themselves in a similar situation.

Nicholas’ story is not unique. Too many families experience the heartache

Palliative care is not just about symptom management and end-of-life care. For some, palliative care can last several years, while for others it may be a shorter time. However long the time, palliative care aims to enhance all aspects of the life of the sick child as well as their family, friends and community.

The construction of these facilities would not have been possible without the support of Hunter New England Area Health Service in partnership with the greater Hunter community.

Our sincere thanks are expressed to many individual, community and corporate groups.

Major Corporate Partners

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
The Paediatric Palliative Care project
In February 2010, The Nicholas Butters Trust Fund funded two new family accommodation suites at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital for terminally ill children and their families. Funds were sought to establish similar facilities at Maitland District, Manning Base (Taree) and Tamworth Base Hospitals to enable terminally ill children and their families to stay close to home during treatment and end-of-life stages. Existing spaces within the hospital’s paediatric units will be refurbished to allow for the addition of these suites. When not in use by a child requiring palliative care, the suites will be used for very ill children and their families.

For nine years, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has proudly supported the Nicholas Trust’s ability to bring comfort in the darkest of times and provide opportunities to make the most of precious moments that would otherwise be lost forever.

Beginning with paediatric palliative suites at Taree, Maitland and Tamworth, the Charitable Foundation supported the Nicholas Trust to bring the first adolescent palliative space to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where families can spend time together in peace and privacy. Most recently, the Charitable Foundation supported the One Less Worry equipment loan pool which has empowered families with choice of where to receive care and how they want to spend their time to make the most of precious moments together.

“We have the best model of care. Providing services and facilities that are meeting the needs of so many families is the envy across Australia,” said Jenny.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

Video Overview – Nicholas Trust Foundation

Case Study – Helping families be with their child

September 2022 News – Partnership brings comfort and privacy to families grieving loss

NIB Charitable Foundation
Community Funding
The funding enabled the refurbishment of facilities at the John hunter Children’s hospital to include appropriate accommodation for patients and their families. Funds from the charitable grant purchased equipment to ensure the needs of all families are met.

The Newcastle and Hunter region AHA
The AHA encouraged and supported the Trust. Their ongoing support was instrumental in raising funds to enable the attainment of our goal. Over 4 years the Trust has been the recipient of proceeds of the annual ball.

With more than 60 years experience, Forsythes combines a tradition of business expertise with innovative thinking and state-of-the-art systems in a dynamic commercial environment. Forsythes provides services in Business Advisor, Recruitment, HR, Technology and Training to a client-base that is rapidly expanding within and beyond the Hunter.

Lions Australia
Proudly supporting the Nicholas Trust.
Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of the Association, and the ‘We Serve’; motto seen on road signs throughout the country. Membership is open to all people of the community in good standing. Clubs may either provide service or raise money for their community. Most of the money raised goes back into the community, either directly or indirectly through National and International Projects.

Newcastle University Medical School
The Newcastle University Medical Society has announced the Nicholas Trust as their 2008-2009 charity of the year.
The University of Newcastle Medical Society, which is commonly known as ‘Medsoc’, is one of, if not the largest student-run organisation at the University of Newcastle. The society is committed to the support and representation of students studying medicine and has a strong relationship with the Newcastle community.

Genetics Fitness
Contributing to the community is important to Genetics. Genetics have been instrumental in encouraging and involving their members to support the Trust. Danielle and Marty Rees, the fitness family and the City to Surf crew have supported the Trust for over 10 years.

EJE Architecture
EJE Architecture is one of Newcastle’s biggest and most prominent Architecture firms. Established in 1976, EJE Architecture is a multi-disciplinary design practice providing professional services and creative solutions for the built environment throughout the world. EJE Architectures commitment to innovation and drive to achieve excellence in design is evident in all their projects. EJE are long-term supporters of the Nicholas Trust.

Thurnham Teece
In 1988 Lyn Thurnham (Action Advertising) and Warwick Teece (Teece Promotions) formed a partnership and opened Thurnham Teece. Both have a vast amount of experience in all aspects of advertising, marketing, promotions, publicity, media and the arts. Thurnham Teece Pty Limited has grown from a small staff to a medium operation with affiliates in every state, working on a project basis. Thurnham Teece are both corporate and media partners of the Nicholas Trust.

You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.

Dame Cicely Saunders


The Trust was established in July 2005, it has received tremendous community, political and medical support.


In August 2010 two uniquely designed and purpose built palliative care facilities were opened at the JHCH along with a parent retreat and refurbishment of the school rooms.


Nicholas Butters ~ Born 6th July 1990 ~ Taken to Heaven 8th December 2004


The generous support of corporate sponsors and partners has assisted the Trust in achieving its goals.

Changing Lives Today!

It is so often, through adversity, that we are challenged to make a difference. We could not save Nicholas, but we could ensure support for families who find themselves in a similar situation.