Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund

Foreward – From the late Lady Joyce Fisher, the foundation donor of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund (now called the Joyce Fisher Research Fund) who sadly passed away on 27 July 2009 and the late Lady Mary Caughey, our founding patron who sadly passed away on 19 December 2011.

The following messages previously written by them are here reproduced in their entirety:

Lady Fisher

JoyceFisher It was a privilege to be asked by the Laura Fergusson Trust to give my name to the establishment of the Joyce Fisher Endowment Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to provide sustainable income to secure the long-term future of the services which Laura Fergusson Trust provides for young people and adults with physical difficulties. I was delighted to provide a major gift which enabled the establishment of the endowment fund.

Together, with your support, we will be able to secure the future of the Trust for the benefit of its many clients.

Please join with me and make a gift to the Laura Fergusson Trust. Your generosity will enhance the lives of many who are faced with the daily struggle to improve their level of independence. They do so with the services and support provided by the Trust.

I refer to the Laura Fergusson Trust as my special charity and I have been pleased to support it for more than 40 years.

Lady Caughey

Lady Mary Caughey

Please join with me and make a bequest to the Laura Fergusson Trust. Long after you and I have gone, our support will continue to ensure the long-term future of the Trust, for the benefit of many thousands of New Zealanders with severe physical disabilities.

As a founding member of the Trust, I have dedicated my life to supporting the Trust in its development of services and facilities. It is vital that the Trust continues its work in the 21st century.

By making a planned gift to support the Laura Fergusson Trust in your will, you can enhance the lives of many thousands of New Zealanders in the disabled community.






Securing The Future
Today many people face a financially uncertain future, but would still like to support a cause they hold dear. A bequest is the solution. A bequest is a gift made through your will that is not realised until after your death. We remind supporters that providing for family and loved ones is the top priority.

Thereafter, we hope that one of your objectives may be to provide a lasting statement of support for charitable organisations such as Laura Fergusson Trust and the Joyce Fisher Research Fund. We work individually with donors to discuss how best to set up their bequest and achieve their wishes. We recommend you consult your legal adviser when making provision for a bequest in a new will, or adding a codicil to your existing one.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss this in more detail please contact us on 09 524 0537.

The Purpose of the Joyce Fisher Research Fund
The Joyce Fisher Research Fund will facilitate and fund translational research that supports rehabilitation and other service development and innovation initiatives that are of benefit to our clients, their families, service funders and Laura Fergusson Trust.

To date, the fund has facilitated our ability to work closely with our research partner – AUT University and service funders such as the Ministry of Health and the Accident Compensation Corporation to drive service and workforce development, continuous quality improvement and innovation processes particularly in relation to Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Transition Services and sustainable client self-management practice.

Our commitment to research based best practice is currently illustrated by our continued funding of: ” The LFR Chair in Rehabilitation at AUT University ” Two LFR PhD scholarships focussing on Stroke Rehabilitation through the Person Centred Research Centre at AUT University We also provide Health Professional student placements for AUT University, to assist in the development of tomorrow’s Rehabilitation Professionals. This relationship is further leveraged to assist LFR staff to gain post graduate qualifications such as the Certificate/Diploma in Rehabilitation, as part of the organisations workforce development plan. These initiatives have contributed significantly to the underpinning principles of our organisation, with on-going learning crucial for informing our direction, development and practice for a sustainable future.

The fund is managed by seven Trustees who together have a wide range of skills and experience. These include the Chairman of the Board of LFR, three additional Laura Fergusson Trust Board members and three independent Trustees, who provide a wealth of commercial and fund-management experience. View Trustees Profiles. Since inception, the fund has consistently outperformed the NZX 50. It is a diversified portfolio of international and Australasian equities, fixed-interest securities and an appropriate cash component.

With over 45 years of history, we have a reputation for innovation, collaboration and excellence of service fuelled by a desire to make a difference. We are passionate about rehabilitation, having an absolute focus on the client and their family, and supporting them and our funders in achieving the best possible outcomes.

If you would like more information about leaving a bequest to the Joyce Fisher Research Fund, please contact us on 09 524 0537. Information about any bequest to the Joyce Fisher Research Fund is held in the strictest confidence.

Disclaimer The information relating to making a gift or endowment by will is provided only as a guide. A will is an important legal document, which needs to be prepared and signed with the guidance and assistance of a lawyer or other qualified person. You should contact your lawyer or legal professional adviser for expert assistance before making a will.