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Congratulations... Mataura Licensing Trust board chairman Horace McAuley hands over a grant to allow Blue Mountain College head boy George Davies to go on the Spirit of Adventure PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

George Davies is a caring and supportive brother who has been on hand as his brother Jock battles leukaemia – and now the older sibling has been given a grant that will allow him to go on the Spirit of Adventure

George (17) applied to the Mataura Licensing Trust (MLT) for a grant so that he could sail on the boat.

What the Blue Mountain College pupil did not say in his application was that his family had been through its fair share of challenges.

But MLT chairman Horace McAuley, of Tapanui, knew about the family’s plight and filled in other board members.

Jock (14) had a relapse of leukaemia earlier this year and had to have a bone marrow transplant in Starship Hospital, Auckland.

Jock was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013 at the age of 9.

His mother Sarah said the family had to take regular trips back to Auckland for Jock’s check-ups.

The check-ups and managing Jock’s recovery had become part of the family’s life.

“He started back at school last week,” Mrs Davies said.

Throughout the trying time, George and middle brother Tom (16) had remained supportive and caring.

“It’s been a journey for the whole family,” Mrs Davies said.

Not only had George kept supporting his brother but he also had the responsibility this year of being the college’s head boy.

George said in his application to the MLT he was really looking forward to putting to sea on the Spirit of Adventure

“It will build on the skills that I learnt on [my] Elwing voyage – this will take me to a whole different level with sailing,” George said.

“I know it will push me physically and mentally, as well as take me out of my comfort zone.”

George believed the experience would help him build on the leadership skills he had gained as head boy.

Mr McAuley presented the grant of $2500 to George at an assembly at the school.

He said the board had great pleasure in giving the grant.

“This one [application] in particular took the eye of the board.”

Mr McAuley said there was little detail in the application but he was able to fill in the gaps. He described the grant as money very well spent.