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Less than a year after the tragic loss of the mother of his three children, Hamish Menlove has reinvented himself and started a new business selling berry ice cream. The formerly Brisbane-based teacher move to his parent’s base at the Orchard Rd Berry Farm in Wanaka following the death of wife Megan from cancer this year. Megan learned she only had a few weeks to live the day after she gave birth to her third daughter, and passed away in April. With limited time to work, Mr Menlove started the berry ice-cream van to assist his parents on the berry farm. The natural fruit ice creams had already been a hit at four Central Otago events and he was planning to visit many more throughout Otago and Southland over summer. In between times the girls were keeping him busy with Sophia, 4, having started school visits in preparation for her first day next year and Emma and baby Alice at home. They were coping since the loss of Megan but it was still very raw, he said. ‘‘They are still asking lots of questions, especially Sophia. She’s taken quite a bit of it onboard,’’ he said. After Megan’s death Mr Menlove went public with a plea to people to have early checks for cancer and hopefully save their own families from heartache. ‘‘The message was really well received. I’ve had a lot of people thank me and one girl in particular reckoned if she hadn’t had a melanoma cut out she’d have been dead in six months.’’ Inquiries about the berry truck should be made to: email@example.com
Moving forward: Wanaka Dad Hamish Menlove has reinvented himself as the berry ice cream man.
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