New Arrowtown haven for cancer families

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A new Arrowtown holiday home for child cancer patients and their families from around New Zealand is officially opened today. 

The Child Cancer Foundation (CCF) home replaces a house on Queenstown’s Williams Street in Sunshine Bay. 

That house has been in almost continuous use by patients and their families since it was built in the 1980s. 

“Unfortunately it was getting pretty old, was single-glazed and not a particularly healthy house from the point of view of people who have got a serious illness staying there,” CCF director and Queenstowner Jim Boult says. 

“We either had to spend a hell of a lot of money on it or sell it and buy something better. 

“We elected to sell it,” Boult says. 

The CCF’s Otago/Southland Accommodation Trust, which Boult chairs, bought a sunny, insulated new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom apart-ment at Arrowfield Mews near Arrowtown. Coin-cidentally, it’s in the original Butel Park subdivision which Boult developed. 

The purchase was largely covered by the sale of the old house, he says. 

Boult’s wife Karen, who negotiated the purchase, is grateful for the help she’s had from businesses and local folk in fitting it out. 

“It’s in a development that has a tennis court, a swimming pool and a gymnasium – it’s like coming to stay in a mini-resort,” Karen says. 

It’s also within walking distance of Arrowtown and Millbrook Resort, Karen adds. 

“There’ve never been any complaints about Williams St but this just takes it to the next level,” she says. 

CCF chief executive Sarah Thomson says the organisation’s holiday homes are invaluable for patients’ families to take time out. 

“Long months of treatment can take a significant financial and emotional toll on families and finding funds for a much-needed holiday can be very difficult,” she says. 

Families get free use of CCF holiday homes for a week at a time. 

The first family to stay at the Arrowfield Mews home arrives this coming Saturday.