Beryl’s am­bu­lance res­cues her

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

‘‘I had never been in an am­bu­lance or bro­ken a bone be­fore do­nat­ing Dobe­goo’’, Wark­worth res­i­dent Beryl Good laughs.

It was only three months af­ter the north Auck­land cou­ple, Beryl and Doug, do­nated the am­bu­lance Dobe­goo (their names com­bined) to St John, that Beryl had her first ac­ci­dent which re­quired an am­bu­lance.

Last year the Goods won a raf­fle from St John and de­cided to give back and donate a $180,000 am­bu­lance.

In Novem­ber the am­bu­lance was blessed and put to use. On March 17, it picked up Beryl af­ter she slipped on her freshly painted front door area and cut open her chin and broke her ra­dius bone.

‘‘I was very sur­prised and ex­cited when I saw Dobe­goo turn up to take me to North Shore Hospi­tal. I was im­pressed with how the stretcher turned into a chair when we ar­rived at the hospi­tal and how won­der­ful the young ladies were treat­ing and driv­ing me.’’

This was Beryl’s first time she had ever been in an am­bu­lance, or bro­ken a bone at 71 years old.

‘‘My hus­band (86) and I have never needed an am­bu­lance but we al­ways knew how im­por­tant they were, es­pe­cially with how fast our com­mu­nity is grow­ing. It was a joke re­ally when Dobe­goo turned up,’’ she says.

‘‘When I got picked up I was sur­prised it had al­ready done 32,000km.’’

Beryl says she had quite an ad­ven­ture go­ing for her first ride.

‘‘I had al­ways hoped I would never need to go in an am­bu­lance, let alone the one we bought.

‘‘Buy­ing the am­bu­lance has been worth a lot more than the cost, the plea­sure we have had from peo­ple say­ing how it has helped them has been re­ally re­ward­ing. I met one lady who said she had been in Dobe­goo five times.’’

The Goods live by the sta­tion and say they hear how often the alarms go off which gave them the mo­ti­va­tion to donate.

‘‘I am thank­ful we have th­ese ser­vices and I be­lieve more peo­ple should donate to St John.’’

Para­medic Phil Mar­low says they were very grate­ful.

‘‘The new am­bu­lance is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous ones, it is a lot smaller and has an elec­tronic bed which helps us and saves our backs from lift­ing peo­ple into the am­bu­lance.

‘‘We cur­rently are do­ing around 10,000km in Dobe­goo a month.’’

RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Beryl Good broke her ra­dius bone af­ter do­nat­ing Dobe­goo.

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