Cholmondeley Children's Foundation

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The Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation was established in 2005 by a group of passionate and skilled volunteers, with the purpose of developing an endowment fund to support the essential services the Centre provides to children and families, and decrease the reliance on annual fundraising in order to meet its operational costs.

An endowment fund is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding. It can ensure the very special resource that is Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is protected against whatever the future holds. The Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation can offer donors the option of providing a gift that will keep on giving well into the future.

In 2013, Cyril Smith left a very generous bequest to assist the work of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. His children have the following words to say about their father’s gift:

Our family is very proud that our father chose to make a significant bequest to Cholmondeley’s building programme to support the wonderful essential services Cholmondeley offers families in crisis.

We greatly appreciated Kerry Dellaca and Shane Murdoch taking time to show us around the new buildings during and after their completion, explain their philosophy and plans, and introduce us to some of the devoted staff and the services they offer. Seeing first hand what Cholmondeley means to the children who spend time there was inspiring.

This has stimulated us to establish our own giving relationship with Cholmondeley and to take a special interest in its achievements and progress now and into the future.” — Deborah Cox and Erica de Court

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The $3 million dollar bequest left by Cyril Smith not only supported the rebuild of the Centre after the damage caused by the earthquakes, but also contributes to the ongoing work of Cholmondeley.

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre was established as a result of the generous personal gift of Hugh Heber Cholmondeley. This gift has created an unparalleled legacy of care for children and families in need.

The Foundation is seeking individual contributions and bequests to create an endowment fund of $10 million by 2025, the 100th anniversary of Cholmondeley.

Cholmondeley is the only centre of its kind in New Zealand, and is considered by our community to be an essential lifeline of support for children and families in need. 25,000 children and their families have benefited from this lifeline since 1925.

If you would like to follow the example of Hugh Heber Cholmondeley to ensure that his legacy can continue, please fill out the contact form below or get in touch directly. 

Your gift will help guarantee that the young people of Canterbury and the South Island have the safe haven of the Cholmondeley Children’s Centre for generations to come.

Please contact us directly to discuss, or send us your message using the form below.


Tanya Cooke
027 447 3024 


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