Raising Funds for a Beach Wheelchair for the Children in Rehab at The Wilson Centre!

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Kimberly Graham

$10,419 of $10,000 goal
Given by 59 generous donors in around 3 months

Please support Finlay's 30-Day-Standing Challenge to provide a beach wheelchair for the children in recovery at The Wilson Centre.


The Wilson Centre on Auckland's North Shore is a temporary home to children who need ongoing rehabilitation after being discharged from Auckland Starship Hospital. They can spend weeks or months receiving intensive rehabilitation therapy after surgeries, medical treatments or accidents. The family can become split up as they care for their child away from their own home and community. There is often a lot of financial and emotional support needed at this time as their lives are turned upside down.

The Wilson Centre is located within the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Home Trust and close to beautiful beaches. During their stay, the children are dependent on wheelchairs and hospital beds. Transport is always a challenge and you can often see the children being pushed by parents, grandparents or caregiver's along the main road to just get out and look around. Presently the one place they are unable to access is the local beaches. We would like to enable this to happen.

Our son, Finlay lives locally and has also benefited from the Wilson Centre Rehabilitation Services. He suffers from low bone density due to his Cerebral Palsy (a neurological disorder). His low bone density resulted in two severe leg fractures in the last couple of years. Finlay needs to build his strength up in his legs and to do that he uses a standing frame. He wants to challenge himself with a 30-Day-Challenge to stand in his standing frame for a minimum of 30-minutes a day leading up to Christmas. This will be a real effort for him as his legs have become very weak.

To encourage him to stand he would like New Zealander's to recognise his challenge and support his fundraising efforts to make his local beaches accessible to all the children at the Wilson Centre. He loves the beach and knows how it can help recovery, general health and wellbeing.

A beach wheelchair can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000 and the specialised adaptations that provide support come at an extra cost. We intend to liaise with therapists at the Wilson Centre to choose the best one to fit the need. The funds raised will be given to The Well Foundation, the official fundraising charity for the Wilson Centre and District Health Board.


* If we do exceed our goal for the beach wheelchair and adaptations, the money will be put towards a Molift Hoist that can be transported. If a hoist of this type is made available it will allow families who have a vehicle the chance to utilise it too.

Kimberly Graham's involvement (page creator)

I am Finlay's Mum and I can identify with the children and families who spend time at the Wilson Centre. I would love them to feel full inclusion whilst spending time in our neighbourhood.

Latest update

THANK YOU EVERYONE  7 February 2020

Posted by: Kimberly Graham

Just a quick update to let you know that we have indeed made our goal. We are looking forward to getting the beach wheelchair to the kids staying at the Wilson Centre. We've had to wait for an overseas shipment - once it arrives we will be making sure we let you know.

Kimberly & Finlay

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Lily on 17 Jan 2020
There was no need to think twice about this. Enjoy.
Charlotte on 17 Jan 2020
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Sophia on 17 Jan 2020
Very happy to donate as I was there in the 50's.
Chris on 17 Jan 2020
A great initiative. Well done

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