day. These lovely people have helped us so much,’’ Sandra said.
‘‘They provide such a fantastic service to this community and we are just so grateful for what they have done for us.’’
Now the couple want to give something back to the Matamata Health Shuttle.
A print of legendary All Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick and John Kirwan from the Black Boots Gallery is going to be auctioned on Trade Me with all the proceeds going to the Matamata Health Shuttle. The poster measures approximately 1m x 1.9m and was donated by Pictiur Perfect and can be seen in their front window.
Daryl and Sandra knew that the level of kindness in Matamata was unique and confirmed by other recent events.
An email was sent by a kind person, who wished to remain anonymous, detailing the Hughes’ plight and 24 hours later numerous offers of help and thousands of dollars came flooding in.
The couple received $700 cash, $1500 in New World vouchers, Ewan Atherton from New World donated an endless supply of sugar-free gum so Daryl can continue to produce saliva, $2000 worth of petrol vouchers and a new chest freezer to house the huge amount of meat that was also donated. The list goes on.
‘‘We cry and have found ourselves holding back the tears but it’s hard not to let the emotions show when this kind of love and support is sent your way,’’ Sandra said.
‘‘ It’s unbelievable but then again it’s not, because this town is amazing and amazing people live here.’’
Go to Trade Me to put your bid on the poster.
So grateful: Sandra and Daryl Hughes have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support shown to them by the Matamata community.