For the joy of reading

By Petrina Wright | Posted: Tuesday June 27, 2023

Enliven residents are able to utilise a new reading desk irrespective of their level of mobility, thanks to the support of community funders.

Southland Masonic Charitable Trust (from left) secretary/treasurer Christine Baird, trustee Neil O'Rorke and chairman John Marshall with Vickery Court resident Wilma Capil as she tries out the sit-to-stand adjustable desk the trust helped fund for Vickery Court residents.

The height of the reading desks can be adjusted to suit people who would prefer to stand, those who can sit on a dining chair and those in wheelchairs.

A separate adjustable desktop lectern will be placed on top of the desks for residents to place their reading material on, such as newspapers and magazines, to make it easier for them to read.

Wilma thanked the Southland Masonic Charitable Trust for funding the reading desk.

"I think this so amazing because people in wheelchairs struggle to get under tables. It's a wonderful addition to the equipment we have here. It just makes life easier for us and we are very grateful to [the trust] for funding it.

"I can assure them it will be used daily to read the paper and other things we need to have elevated." 

The Southland Masonic Trust provided funding for two desks, one for Vickery Court and the other for Walmsley House.

The James Stewart memorial Fund managed by Perpetual Guardian provided funding for a similar desk for residents at Peacehaven Village Care Home.

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