The Smith Family have had a difficult time over the last few years. Mrs Smith was
diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992 and with the progression of this condition
she has been unable to work. A year after receiving her own health diagnosis, Mrs
Smith's husband was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, he passed away in 2002.
Life has been difficult for the family and without the help of Mrs Smith's father
it would be impossible. Her two daughters have had to become 'adults' before their
time, helping their mother as much as possible.
Recently it was discovered that one of Mrs Smith's daughters needs braces. She knows
this is important to her daughter's health and well-being, but will find it impossible
to meet the cost as she is unable to work, and no public funding is available.
When the Rural Communities Trust heard her story, they decided to meet the costs
of the dental work.
"This is what we are here for, to help rural families", says Chair of Rural Communities
Trust Chrissy Pedersen.
Mr Randall was to undergo spinal surgery in Wellington. While ACC were able to cover
his wife Janice's costs to Wellington, they were given no financial support to cover
her accommodation costs. Rural Communities Trust were able to assist with $560, which
enabled Janice to accompany her husband to Wellington.