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Baking a novel way to say ‘thanks’

Baking a novel way to say ‘thanks’

A Paraparaumu woman is so supportive of her local Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics that she’s baked them hundreds of cakes over the last two years as her way of saying thank you.

Sue Kaye bakes the ‘bottomless tin of sustenance’ that is delivered regularly to the paramedics at the Wellington Free Ambulance station on the Kapiti Coast.

“I’ve had to use the ambulance on a few occasions, and everyone in my family has needed them at one stage. I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t give that way, but I can do this.

“It’s just my way of saying thanks.”

Sue bakes about once a fortnight and delivers the tin stacked full with cakes and biscuits to her hungry paramedics. It’s generally consumed within a couple of days, and delivered back to Sue for replenishing.

“This week it arrived back with some beautiful tulips to say thanks,” Sue explains.

Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic, Lance Anderson, says that Sue’s support for the crew is hugely appreciated. “It’s so nice for someone to find the tin sitting there when they get in from a job at 2am in the morning.” He says it’s not doing so much for his waist-line, although he’s prepared to put up with that for the pleasure of the shortbread and ginger crunch.

This week, Sue will be coordinating close to 90 collectors across 28 sites from Raumati to Waikanae, and everywhere in between for Wellington Free Ambulance’s annual appeal day on Friday September 12.

Wellington Free Ambulance relies on the generous support of Sue and all of the people in the community who help to keep their free, emergency ambulance service running.

“We’ve all used it, and we don’t want to lose it,” Sue says.


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