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The Swan Nest - Supporting children with terminal illness or complex heath conditions

$3,322 of $800,000 goal

Given by 74 generous donors in around 7 months


Supporting children with terminal or complex health conditions with therapy, support, beverament support & advoacy in the Wellington Region.

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THE SWAN NEST - Governed by The James Swan Charitable Trust

The Swan Nest is a new children's charity providing much needed support, therapy and advocacy to children living with complex health conditions or terminal illness. At The Swan Nest children and their families living in the Wellington region or receiving treatment in the Wellington region will receive incredible care and support in the form of art, play, music and sand tray therapy, counseling, advocacy support and physical therapy for FREE. We want all children and families who require our service to have access to our support without the barrier of cost.

Your donations will support us with set up costs, therapy resources and operational costs. You will be helping us make sure that the children and families who need support and therapy will get it.

How did The Swan Nest come about?

Wellington boy James Swan developed a complex rare neurological condition very similar to motor neuron disease and Spinal muscular atrophy 1 at age 3. He went from an independent toddler to tube feed and wheelchair within 6 months. James developed epilepsy and lost his ability to talk. Through his journey his parents decided there was a huge gap in services in Wellington for therapy support and grief support for not only James but their entire family unit. When James passed away on the 6th May 2018 it became their mission to set up a charity so that other families traveling the road of either terminal illness or complex medical conditions with their child or children could have the support we so desperately wished we had.

Lets make sure together as a community our children and families living this exceptional hard journey can have the support they deserve.

Thank you for Supporting The Swan Nest.

Nicola Swan


About us

The Swan Nest provides children & their family living with terminal or complex health conditions with support, therapy and advocacy services for free. Services include, counseling, sand tray, music, play and art therapy, advocacy and bereavement support.

Use of funds

Funds will be used for set up of the facility The Swan Nest, and the on going operational costs that will allow us to provide free support and therapy services to children with terminal or complex health conditions in the Wellington region.

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Registration granted!!!  12 February 2020

Posted by: James Swan Charitable Trust

We are officially a registered charity!!!

Please spread the word and help us raise the money so we can open our doors to those families living through the unimaginable.

We can’t get grants yet due to not having operated for a year which means we have to fundraise every last cent required to get our incredible services to the children & families who need us.

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  • Jodi

    Jodi on 08 Apr 2020


    I was fortunate enough to meet James and his smile is one I won’t forget. A lovely family who truly put their heart & soul into helping others walking a similar path to theirs. Kia kaha Swan family ❤️ Love from Invercargill.


  • Jeff

    Jeff on 15 Mar 2020    Climbing the Knob for the Swan Nest


    Go Lisa


  • Mandy

    Mandy on 14 Mar 2020    Climbing the Knob for the Swan Nest


    Beautiful Wahine! Huge effort and beautiful cause x


  • Jayme

    Jayme on 06 Mar 2020    Climbing the Knob for the Swan Nest


    5 times in a day.. Really admire your commitment Lisa x All the best hun!


  • Sarah

    Sarah on 03 Mar 2020



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This page was created on 5 Nov 2019 and closes on 5 Nov 2020.
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