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Remove term: Distant admirer: Erna Spijkerbosch with a masked-up Teddy and an unnamed assistant wearing their gifted wet-weather gear Distant admirer: Erna Spijkerbosch with a masked-up Teddy and an unnamed assistant wearing their gifted wet-weather gear

By GUY WILLIAMS

In the time of Covid and closed borders, some people are getting their travel kicks vicariously.

Such is the case at the Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde, in Robins Road, where a former guest was so taken with its ‘‘recycling yard supervisor’’, aka Teddy, she’s sending him care packages.

The holiday park’s co-owner, Erna Spijkerbosch, says Teddy’s just received a second parcel from a Coral Grainger, an Englishwoman who stayed there with her parents about 18 months ago.

Not long after the family’s stay, Grainger sent an email requesting Teddy’s vital statistics.

These were duly provided, and soon enough a parcel arrived from England with a set of bespoke wet-weather gear — hat, coat and pants.

With it was a note from Grainger saying she was concerned Teddy didn’t have any suitable clothing for when it rained.

A touched Spijkerbosch explains that Teddy is stationed above the holiday park’s recycling yard.

‘‘It’s an outdoor job.’’

Holiday park staff subsequently exchanged several emails with Grainger, and now another parcel’s just arrived, this time containing home-made masks.

This time the notes says: ‘‘I want you to stay safe during Covid, so I made you some masks.’’

The parcels are coming from Grainger’s home in the town of Horsham, southern England.

Spijkerbosch says she’s pleased for Teddy, who’s been ‘‘part of the family here for years’’ after being left behind by a guest.

‘‘He’s starting to get elderly and very much appreciates the love and care from the UK.’’

guy.williams@scene.co.nz