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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 7, 2013
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@HEART DONATIONS: Claire Sword and her @heart son Lleyton at home in Kaiapoi.
Opening hearts to
help others in need
By PETER HIDE
LITTLE LLEYTON Sword was
only six weeks old when he
underwent open heart surgery
at Starship Children s Hospital
in Auckland for a congenital
It meant a nine-week stay at
neo-natal units in Christchurch
and Auckland for his mother,
Claire Sword, of Kaiapoi, while
Lleyton battled to recuperate
from his operation.
Then, at the age of two, he
had to undergo further open
heart surgery this April, again
at Starship Hospital.
He has also had two other
cardiac catheters inserted in
other surgical operations, in his
But I m all cured now, said
Lleyton, who is now looking for-
ward to his third birthday in
Claire said the charity @heart
(formerly Heart Children) has
been very helpful to her family
through all this.
They ve done heaps for us,
They helped the family finan-
cially with vouchers to help
them fly to Auckland, and each
time Lleyton has gone to hos-
pital here, he has been given a
present. She says there has also
been lots of emotional support
for the family.
Claire already belonged to
@heart Canterbury because of a
family condition she inherited.
Lleyton has been diagnosed
with the same condition.
Claire has now started a web-
site for donations to @heart. It
com/NZ/Lleyton. Collectors will
be also be at malls and at the
Countdown and New World
supermarkets in Kaiapoi on
Friday and Saturday.
Everything we collect goes to
@heart, so we hope we ll be able
to get lots of donations coming
in, Claire said.
Trust cash goes to
OUTSTANDING DONATION: The
president of the NorthernA&P
Association, Jeremy Ashworth, of
Clarkville, with the quake-damaged
grandstand at the Rangiora
THE CANTERBURY Earthquake
Appeal Trust has granted the
Northern A and P Association up to
$300,000 to help repair its quake-
damaged grandstand and the chang-
ing and showering facilities at the
The repairs will enable the build-
ing to be re-used by rugby and foot-
ball players, school cross-country
runners, equestrian riders and par-
ticipants in other events, as well as
the annual A and P show.
The Community Trust has also
Rangiora showgrounds manager
Debbie Cameron said the association
was delighted to receive news of the
funding, especially as the Rangiora
showgrounds was one of the few
fortunate to have a grandstand.
We have always really appreci-
ated that asset.
However, it was only once the
grandstand was closed that the real
value of it became apparent.
She said the showgrounds are used
by many different groups as a
community-based facility, and the
closing of the grandstand and its
services had limited that use.
The committee looks forward to
getting under way with the necess-
ary repairs and strengthening, so the
facility can be made available to the
community once again.
She said it was likely to be next
week before the consent applications
went to the Waimakariri District
Council, then up to six weeks for
approval. It was unlikely the work
would be completed in time for the
this year s annual show in October.
We have had an insurance payout
to cover minimal damage to various
buildings at the showgrounds, so
this is very welcome for repairing
Northern A and P Association
president Jeremy Ashworth said that
the grandstand was built by G W
Pearson in the late 1960s, and the
association had been close to put-
ting a bulldozer through it .
The grant will just about cover
the cost of repairs, Mr Ashworth
said. We volunteers have put in a lot
of effort and expense getting to
where we are now and we re grateful
for the grant.
There s been no rugby played
here for a couple of seasons because
our changing rooms have been out
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