Thanks Ilam Toyota

Thanks Ilam Toyota

Ilam Toyota has very generously donated a new vehicle for lease to the hospital to replace their aging vehicle.
“We are very grateful to have such a modern vehicle to use for transporting patients and equipment as well as assisting us with fundraising.” says Carl.

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to support Canterbury Charity Hospital, and the incredible work they do for our local community. Their new RAV4 GX will provide the team and patients with a safe and reliable method of transport. We are very proud to help out such a worthy cause,” says Ilam Toyota branch manager Paul Taylor.

Ilam Toyota sales manager Elize De Goede hands over the keys for the RAV4 to Carl Shaw from the Charity Hospital.

Roaring 20’s ball postponed until December

Roaring 20’s ball postponed until December

The Charity Hospital’s main fundraising event has has to be postponed. The Roaring 20’s Charity Ball is now being held on Friday 2 December 2022 at the Limes Room in the iconic Christchurch Town Hall.

“Our annual fundraising evening is always a fun night and helps us raise the $900,000 we need each year to help Cantabrians access the services they need,” said Rosie Graham, Fundraising Co-ordinator at the Charity Hospital.

Tickets will be available for sale online at from 1 July 2022 but feel free to contact ( in the meantime if you have any queries or would like to donate an auction item.

Health equity achievable

Health equity achievable

Achieving health equity by 2040 is possible if the Government follows recommendations from a road map developed at a conference hosted by Charity Hospital chairman Philip Bagshaw (pictured) and trustee Sue Bagshaw and co-sponsored with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.

The conference was attended by over 200 health professionals from around New Zealand and internationally and their input produced the Creating Solutions Te Ara Whai Tika: A road map to health equity 2040 report which clearly outlines the steps required to achieve health equity.

Health equity is defined as people have differences in health that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust. Equity recognises different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to get equitable health outcomes

“The reasons for health inequity are well known,” says Philip. “The distribution of power, money and resources influences everyday life. The richest one per cent of our population has 70 times more assets than the rest of the population.”

There are ways to reverse the widening social and economic gaps. These include addressing unmet need by abolishing user charges for primary care, regular population surveys of unmet need and strengthening polices to address poverty by setting the minimum wage to be the same as the living range.

Despite the New Zealand Health Strategy of 2000 addressing health equity, Maori life expectancy is more than seven years less than non-Maori and the poorest New Zealanders can expect to live 10 years less.

Other recommendations in the report include ensuring health and affordable social housing, improved health education in schools and improved training for health professionals.

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Big Bird raising funds for Southland

Big Bird raising funds for Southland

Raising funds for the Southland Charity Hospital has taken on a new direction as eight members of the Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club embark on a mammoth 1200-kilometre Tractor Trek from Invercargill to Christchurch.

Club members will take turns drivinga yellow Massey Ferguson 20D (a 1980s model imported from the UK) which has been named Big Bird by local school children.

The Tractor Trek, the brainchild of the club, is raising money for the Southland Charity Hospital and will leave E Hayes in Dee Street at 11am on Sunday 2 May 2021.

After travelling along SH1 at an average speed of 30km an hour the tired drivers are expected to arrive 24 hours later at the Canterbury Charity Hospital in Harewood Road, Christchurch, at 11am on Monday 3 May 2021.

The Tractor Trek concept was initiated by club member Tom Parkes, and it was one club president Fraser Pearce was immediately drawn to.

“We wanted to look at a different way of raising funds for the Southland Charity Hospital,” says Fraser Pearce.

“Everybody’s got a cancer story. We’ve all followed Melissa and the late Blair Vining’s story closely, and a lot of us know what cancer can do, so if we can help, that’s great.”

Blair Vining himself, who helped launch the Southland Charity Hospital in his final stages of bowel cancer in 2019, spent many hours driving a tractor as part of his job, so it seems fitting that a Tractor Trek will serve as a fundraiser for the hospital.

Tractor treks are nothing new to the Thornbury club as they form part of their usual activities and they have held fundraisers in the past. And this one will be special – because it is one tractor and it is non-stop. And it falls in the midst of the club’s 65-year celebrations.

The plan after arriving in Christchurch is to have a couple of hours’ rest at the Canterbury Charity Hospital and then start on the return journey home by tractor.

The public can support the Tractor Trek by texting Tractor to 4644 which automatically donates $3 to the Southland Charity Hospital and can also sponsor the trek online at

Concerns about cycleway

The Canterbury Charity Hospital has serious concerns about the Wheels to Wings cycleway planned by the Christchurch City Council.

Hospital Executive Officer Carl Shaw says the main concerns are to do with safety and access to the hospital’s three buildings on Harewood Road.

“The Charity Hospital is actively engaging with the Christchurch City Council on an improved design and will be making a formal submission to the Council.

“We encourage other concerned parties to engage with the Council and make submissions to enable a better design outcome in due course.”

Sarah Pallett visits

Sarah Pallett visits

Our new MP for Ilam Sarah Pallett popped in for a visit to the Charity Hospital. It was great to show her around and have a chat.

Sarah is pictured with Hospital Manager Carl Shaw (left) and Sue and Phil Bagshaw in the hospital’s Endoscopy theatre.