Topor chef feeding parents
A Porirua business owner is providing meals to parents of sick babies and she says it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
Topor Bar and Bistro owner Valerie Askew said when she heard parents of sick babies at Wellington Hospital weren’t catered for she knew she could help and has been providing meals for over a year.
‘‘It’s easy and I don’t know why other people don’t do it. We only have a little restaurant so we don’t have money to just hand out but we can always give food. It’s the easiest thing in the world.
‘‘When you have a sick baby the last thing on your mind is feeding yourself, parents are tired and upset so it’s just one little thing they don’t have to think about.’’
She said mothers have often been discharged months earlier than their babies and aren’t catered for because they’re not considered patients.
‘‘It’s such a stressful time for families, there’s often other little children and parents have to pay for parking, meals and all the other expenses. If we can provide them a good meal it’s just one thing off their minds.’’
The meals are transported into Wellington by another Plimmerton resident whose own baby had spent time in the neo- natal ward.
‘‘Lots of people help and we’re just doing our part.’’
Askew said their restaurant on the Plimmerton beachfront had been serving up ‘‘ delicious, nourishing and sometimes a bit ugly Polish food ‘‘ for three years.
‘‘We do have to dress it up a bit to make it look as good as it tastes.’’
She said the best part of owning the business was being part of the, sometimes spontaneous, celebrations that happen in the bistro.
One of the most memorable bookings came from a man who intended to propose to his partner on the beach before taking her for dinner at Topor.
‘‘He said if he didn’t turn up for his reservation we would know she had said no so when they walked in the door together we all clapped.’’
Valerie Askew said she and her husband Steve are happy to help other parents