Natasha Maguire

Yass, New South Wales

Family respite provider, mother

When Natasha’s daughter, Maya, was battling a very rare form of cancer, the family sought respite at a Sydney children’s hospice. It was a place to escape the daily grind and concentrate on making memories. After Maya passed away, Natasha, her husband Mark and daughter Amelia decided to honour her memory by creating a retreat where families of children with life-threatening illnesses can spend precious time together. Maya’s Rest, which opened in 2015, is also a place where grieving families can connect with people who understand what they’re experiencing. Natasha and Mark have drawn on their savings and community support to offer families free accommodation, meals and activities. This grant will help them to support more families in need.