In memory of Nick Ward - next steps for family

$1,390 donated
Given by 16 generous donors in 5 weeks

In memory of Nick Ward and support for his family

Auckland

Nick Ward has now been released from the suffering of motor neuron disease, living a remarkable 7 years in the grip of the disease. The last two years has been particularly tough on Nick, Sophia, Amelia and Andrew, as Nick lost all voluntary muscle movement, fought regular infections, and required round-the-clock care.

But we remember the boy and the man who we loved, who made us laugh and think, and who always had a great piece of music to share. We remember his kindness, his sense of social justice, and his devotion to his family.

To honour Nick's life, we must turn our energy to supporting the family after years of living on a disability benefit plus the funds we have managed to raise here on Give-a-Little. As the family re-sets their lives and as Sophia transitions to earner again, it is important that they have time to re-energise, to reflect, and to prepare for the next stage together.

There are of course some big bills to pay. The challenge of getting two lawyers to Nick's side with enough time for them (and energy for Nick) to work though a will was not achieved. His savings for the family are therefore not accessible for at least a year.

Our contributions will be used for household expenses until Sophia finds employment, funeral costs, and legal fees to sort out the will. Of course, we also hope to contribute significantly to Amelia and Andrew's future.

Lana Hart & Martin Ward's involvement (page creator)

Friend of Nick and Sophia's over many years

Use of funds

Household expenses until Sophia returns to work, savings for the kids' futures, legal and funeral costs.

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Latest donations

vanessa
vanessa 3 hours ago
With all our love. xxx
$100
Leon
Leon on 15 Jan 2022
Wishing you guys a positive new start in2022 and our door is always open. Love the Roses
$200
ROBYN
ROBYN on 06 Jan 2022
Thinking of you and sending lots of love.
$40
Erica
Erica on 30 Dec 2021
$50
Michael
Michael on 28 Dec 2021
Much love from the UK. Michael
$60

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Created by Lana Hart & Martin Ward
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Paying to a verified bank account of Sophia Duncan-Ward
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