True Colours was born of a vision. That all children or young people who live with serious complex health conditions get the nursing care and psychosocial support they require – and that the related needs of their siblings, parents and other members of the family unit are looked after too.
Nurse specialist Cynthia Ward founded the True Colours Children’s Health Trust in 2004. With a background in Hospice care and her postgraduate research into what was really important to children living with a life-threatening illness, be that cancer or any other serious health condition, she developed an integrated model of care that could embrace both child and family.
This all-encompassing care and support is what makes True Colours unique. The trust’s assistance is readily available to those in need, from the time of diagnosis through to cure, bereavement or on-going adjustment to living with a life-limiting illness. Our award-winning staff and organisation are dedicated to making a difference.
To date, over 1,600 families in the greater Waikato region have been helped by the free services that True Colours provides – and all of the costs have been, and continue to be, covered by the generosity of our communities, through sponsorships, donations, trust grants and fundraising events.