LIFECARE RESIDENCES’ FOUNDER DONATES NZ $5 MILLION TO ‘AGEING WELL’ RESEARCH
Cliff Cook – founder and principal shareholder of LifeCare Residences – has donated NZ $5 million to Auckland University in New Zealand, in honour of his late mother’s memory.
The gift will benefit their Faculty of Medical & Health Science, funding the new role of a chair of ‘Ageing Well’ research.
Following a rigorous due diligence process, Cook said “The University was the best place to donate, in remembrance of Joyce who fought for equal work rights and pay for care workers.” During her career, she was both a nurse and later the chairwoman of the Residential Care Association. “This donation would appeal to Mum. I think she would see this as worthwhile.”
Nigel Sibley, Chief Executive of LifeCare Residences, comments “We are proud to have an owner who demonstrates his personal commitment to the betterment of later life. Both through the retirement villages that the company develops and operates in the UK and NZ, as well as through this philanthropic funding of academic research to improve health and well-being in later life.”