Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation supports Nicholas Trust

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation was created 15 years ago as a gift from Newcastle Permanent Building Society to the community. That gift, in the form of a $30 million endowment, has been invested to generate an ongoing income. The income earned from this endowment is distributed as grants to our local communities. Each Year the Charitable Foundation provides approximately $1.5 million in grants to eligible charities for projects and initiatives that improve the lives of people in regional communities facing disadvantage, marginalisation in the areas of health, young people and social wellbeing.

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Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has supported the Nicholas Trust and its vital support for children with a life limiting illness and their families for nine years.

  • In 2010 the Charitable Foundation provided $174,000 to equip family accommodation suites at Maitland District, Manning Base and Tamworth hospitals, enabling terminally ill children and their families to stay close to home during treatment and end-of-life stages.
  • In 2013 the Charitable Foundation provided $100,000 towards a new family suite at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital specially designed to cater for adolescents in paediatric palliative care along with their families.
  • Then in 2017, a $77,000 grant was used to fund “One Less Worry” an equipment loan pool for paediatric palliative care, allowing young people with serious illness the flexibility to spend more of their precious time out of hospital, with family and friends and doing the things they love.

The Nicholas trust and the Story of Kallan and his family’s experience with “One Less Worry” was featured in the Charitable Foundation 2018 Annual Review:

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.