Kind­ness hum­bling

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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.

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