Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day a deserving cause for Terry and his family

Terry Hill from Lower Hutt has been retired for over 20 years but has always maintained an active lifestyle, with lots of walking and gardening to pass the time.

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“I was very lucky. Without the help of the paramedics I wouldn’t be here today. Not many days go by where I don’t think of them.”

However, in early January this year, at age 76, Terry was working in his garage when he suddenly felt unwell. His wife Yvonne saw the colour drain from his face and immediately dialled 111.

It was lucky she did because Terry suffered a cardiac arrest.

As soon as they arrived on the scene, Wellington Free Ambulance’s paramedics worked on Terry and took him to Wellington Hospital where the cardiac surgeon was waiting for him.

“I was very lucky. Without the help of the paramedics I wouldn’t be here today. Not many days go by where I don’t think of them.”

Terry has five children and 10 grandchildren in all corners of the globe. When they heard about his cardiac arrest they were devastated.

“Every day for us and as a family is very precious. I have a completely different outlook on life to what I did prior to the event,” Terry said.

Terry’s daughter Carmel is bringing Onesie Day to Australia through her day care business in Perth. She has organised for all staff to wear their onesies and one of the mums is baking Wellington Free cookies through her cookie business.

Terry’s son Patrick is a teacher in London and is introducing Onesie Day to his class too.

Terry cannot emphasise enough the importance of donating.

“It’s important to assist Wellington Free because they cannot survive without donations. A lot of their money comes from the likes of those who support Onesie Day.

“Wellington Free has a tremendous team of people and they’re so devoted in their different roles.

“If I was well enough, both my wife and I would be out collecting, so we wish the Onesies and all the people involved every success on the day.”


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