De­li­cious busi­ness so­lu­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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:

Mov­ing for­ward: Wanaka Dad Hamish Menlove has rein­vented him­self as the berry ice cream man.

JemPendle­bury started at Wanaka Pri­mary School on Oc­to­ber 14.

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