Betty’s legacy

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The selflessness of a well-known Queenstown matriarch has inspired a group dedicated to supporting Arrowtown parents.

Rachel Brown is the founder of Facebook group ‘Mums Helping Mums Arrowtown’, a group where parents can offer, or ask for, meals, baking, and other support.

Brown says she was inspired by her mother-in-law, Betty Brown, who died in 2017.

“At her funeral a lot of people spoke about Betty’s contribution to society, she volunteered with Victim Support,” Brown says.

“It kind of inspired me to do some volunteering, and I came up with the idea.”

She decided on the group because she wanted to bring the community closer together, and particularly parents who may be new to the area and who don’t have support networks.

“It’s really important to have a sense of belonging in the community, especially for parents.”

The group provides meals or baking for a range of people, from parents and people who have been in hospital, to mums and dads with newborns.

The group now has 217 members, and last year 85 meals were delivered.

She’s had plenty of requests to join from people outside of Arrowtown, but has had to decline them.

She’s hoping it’ll push people in places such as Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country to set up something similar for their own communities.

If anyone wants to help out, or nominate someone who could use a hand, email mumshelpingmumsarrowtown@gmail.com.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz