Lady Joyce Fisher was a significant supporter of The Hearing House during her lifetime and her trust has continued this legacy, helping transform the lives of hundreds of children.
Joyce Fisher was born Joyce Paykel in 1912. She grew up in Epsom, Auckland.
In 1935 she married Woolf Fisher, who along with her brother Maurice had founded Fisher and Paykel a year earlier. The company became a world leading manufacturer. Sir Woolf (knighted for philanthropy in 1964) launched a charitable trust in 1960, followed by Lady Joyce launching the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust in 1975.
The couple enjoyed entertaining young people and having wider family join them. Through these connections their abiding focus became one of helping advance young New Zealanders through education.