Bellyful East Auckland
Bellyful East Auckland was established in 2013.
I was raised in the UK and emigrated and settle in Howick, Auckland in 2003, with my then 6-year-old daughter Courtney, husband Chris and our cat! In 2007 our daughter Brooke was born … yes we have a 10 year gap!
Eighteen years on Brooke is 14-years-old and at College, Courtney is loving life in Wellington and me and Chris have now been married 30 years!
I can remember when I had Brooke I felt so isolated, with no family in New Zealand, little support and a newborn who had terrible reflux for nine months which meant constant crying. I can happily put my hand up and say them days felt so hard. I honestly wish Bellyful had been around then.
I got introduced to Bellyful a number of years ago, loved what I heard and joined as a volunteer. I was actively involved for four years, doing a bit of everything but mainly fundraising and deliveries. I met such special ladies in my four years who have since become wonderful friends. In March 2022 I returned as Branch Coordinator and have an amazing team of volunteers working with me.
I have undertaken a range of volunteering roles over the years, but most recently helping at a local Rest Home as a companion to a wonderful lady called Ada (98). She taught me so much about life but mainly to enjoy, give back and have no regrets.
I am extremely excited and honoured to lead the team in East Auckland and to help Bellyful service our amazing community.
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