Pahi resident, Nick Cullen, has been overwhelmed by local support when he and wife Chelsea needed help. He was diagnosed with a debilitating illness meaning he was unable to continue working as an engineer, and now his diet and lifestyle change has developed into a successful business.
Nick, 27, was diagnosed more than four years ago with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, and around 18 months ago he travelled with his wife and child to Thailand, after hearing of a special diet giving good results for MS sufferers.
“The change of diet delayed the progression of the disease, but there has been no improvement,” said Chelsea Cullen.
The couple returned home around a year ago and had recently set up a small business cooking and selling vegan meals.
When they learned they needed to pay a licence fee of around $800, family and church members put out the word and within a week had raised almost $7,000, overwhelming the family.
“We were blown away by the generosity,” said Chelsea. “We are using the money to get equipment for the kitchen. It’s a tough hand we’ve been dealt, and we are so very appreciative of this help.”
The Cullens hire a commercial kitchen to cook the meals, which are then refrigerated overnight, and delivered the next day. A new meal is offered each week in addition to repeats of the most popular recipes, and a Christmas hamper will be available for delivery on Christmas Eve.
People can order online for delivery on Fridays at eatconscious.co.nz.