Media Release 17 March 2016 

New Patrons cap a year of positive achievements for Skylight

 

Two New Zealanders known for their compassion and understanding of others, Louise Nicholas and Judy Bailey, today become Patrons of Skylight, a national organisation supporting all ages through trauma, loss and grief in their lives.

Skylight Chief Executive Heather Henare says Louise Nicholas and Judy Bailey are highly regarded for their willingness to support others when times are tough.

Louise Nicholas, 2016 New Zealander of the Year Finalist, is an advocate for the rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence.

“Louise is highly regarded throughout the country, where she continues to symbolise relentless courage and determination through sharing her own experiences,” says Heather.

Louise says she welcomes the chance to work with Skylight.  “I love what this service provides to so many, and am so proud to stand alongside them, and endorse the beautiful work they do”.

Louise’s patronage with Skylight follows a grief stricken past. In 2007 she lost her brother to suicide and her mother to cancer. “It was a hugely difficult time for all my family. To have had Skylight walk alongside us, in support, would have made our journey to heal a whole lot easier”.

Judy Bailey, a familiar face on our television screens, has long been an advocate for children. She is also a patron of the North Shore Hospice, The Grief Centre and of Seasons, a grief support programme for children. She understands very well how grief and trauma can become debilitating and affect all areas of our lives.

“Skylight provides comprehensive, well-resourced and researched support. I respect its work enormously and a number of close friends have found its service invaluable.”  

Heather Henare says welcoming the new patrons caps a year of positive achievements for Skylight.

Skylight enables children, young people, their family/ whanau and friends to navigate through times of trauma, loss and grief. The trust offers counselling support, information, and guidance through troubled times.

More people are approaching Skylight for emotional and counselling support with an average of 48 new clients per month.

Thanks to a successful partnership with the Warehouse, Skylight have been able to recruit 41 new schools to join the Skylight Travellers program, aimed at helping troubled school children develop key life skills.

 “I look forward to the next stage of this new journey with passion and enthusiasm and recognition to all of those who have shared their story and taken their own journey on their pathway forward with grief, loss and trauma”.

 

For further information contact

Skylight Chief Executive Officer Heather Henare

0211965977 or 04 9396767

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