Neil Stocker Memorial Fund

Background

In the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011 three men (Paul Dunlop, Scott Lucy, and Neil Stocker) were killed while dismantling the pipe organ at Durham St Methodist Church. [More details on the tragedy and these men are available here].

Margaret Stocker, Neil Stocker's wife, subsequently instigated a fund that would provide special educational opportunities for apprenticed or recently qualified young organbuilders working full-time in the craft in New Zealand. These might involve exchanges with overseas organbuilders or special courses of instruction in any of the many skills they need. Given that this idea came from Margaret knowing how passionate Neil was about his work, and that Neil was widely known for his forty years of organbuilding since 1968, it was appropriate to name the fund after Neil.

How to donate

NZOPT administers the fund. NZOPT is registered charity CC40007 and tax credit can be claimed for donations (by New Zealanders).

Direct payment: to account 030866 0171409 01 (Westpac bank, Sydenham Branch, 443-445 Colombo Street, Christchurch; SWIFT Code for International Transactions: WPACNZ2W).

Cheques: Please make any cheques out to "NZOPT a/c Neil Stocker Memorial Fund" and post to the Treasurer (N E Harris, 48c Roy Street, Palmerston North 4410). If you want a receipt, please write your address clearly.