a lasting legacy

30 Nov 1999

People with intellectual disability living in Endeavour Foundation supported accommodation in Mackay, have a sparkling new pool, thanks to a generous gift left by Mr William Bickmore in his Will.

The two accessible homes in Mackay have always shared a pool and outdoor area. It’s long been a unique set-up that has provided highly valued exercise and recreation opportunities. But the pool over the years, it fell into disrepair and became unusable.

Mr Bickmore’s gift changed this, by funding the installation of a new pool and refurbished outdoor area.

Endeavour Foundation Operations Manager (Home), Andrea Dobson said the residents were involved in every step of the renovation process.

“They helped make decisions, right down to choosing the colour and texture of the tiles for the pool.”

Residents wasted no time testing out the upgraded facilities. The new pool is already providing physical and mental health benefits and will continue to do so for years to come.

Meet Mr William Bickmore

Mr Bickmore was a long-time, respected member of the community. He was married in Mackay on 28 August 1928 and his son John was born in 1931. John, who passed in 2018, was also a well-known local. He raised funds for and supported the Mackay Souths rugby league team for many years.

For a friendly and confidential conversation about this process, contact our Planned Giving Coordinator, Sharon Johnson by calling her on (07) 3908 7134. Sharon looks forward to discussing your gift with you and is there to provide any information you may need.