Ask a Busy Person – At the Heart of Bellyful

They say that if you want something done, then ask a busy person. Bellyful Hutt Valley’s Philippa Hayne is just that person. With two young children Philippa works part time as a neo-natal nurse, runs half marathons and is meal recipient coordinator for her branch.


Philippa became interested in Bellyful when her youngest was born and she was a meal recipient.
“I thought it was such a good charity to support,” says Philippa.
A year later she joined as a volunteer taking part in all aspects of Bellyful from cookathons, making deliveries, to fundraising. For the last two and a half years she has been in the role of coordinator for all Bellyful deliveries in The Hutt.

“I believe it’s important that there’s no judgement around the socio economics of our recipients. A meal delivered to your door when you need one means you don’t have to leave the house. It’s practical help and I’m quite a practical girl.”

Philippa knows that this help can make a difference to so many new mums. Some are not prepared for the unpredicatable nature of a baby or some may be feeling isolated. In her own mother’s day she feels that the community would rally around when someone had a newborn or a sick family member but it’s not quite the same now. That’s why Bellyful is so important.

There’s also a social side to Bellyful. Philippa says she has met some lovely people through volunteering and now some of her work colleagues have also become volunteers.

In her spare time Philippa loves baking, cooking and drinking wine! She has also just completed the Wellington 21 kilometre Round The Bays run so thinks she will have a little well earned rest.

Many at Bellyful are busy people, and we are fortunate to have Philippa and some of those other busy people like her as our volunteers.

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