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Ian Hughes Stokes Valley Vet

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Support Ian Hughes, Stokes Valley Vet who after 34yrs of caring & rescuing animals can no longer work due to terminal illness.

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This page is for Ian Hughes, Stokes Valley Vet. For the last 34 years he has cared for animals, treating and saving hundreds of birds, cats and dogs, kittens and puppies where most would have opted to have them put down and many a time an owner has requested that due to not being able to afford the treatment. He has performed countless surgeries and treatments at a cost to himself, offering credit to many so he can save these animals. Sadly many of the people he has helped have not paid their bills which has left them in difficulty. Five months ago Ian was diagnosed with terminal cancer and has not been able to work in his beloved clinic and with no income and a mass of outstanding debt, things are difficult for Ian and his wife Lorna. Ian has not asked for this page to be set up but is aware it has been done. If you are someone who has had a pet cared for by Ian over the years, or just simply someone who appreciates good human beings and animal lovers then please givealittle.

Victoria Roebuck's involvement (page creator)

I'm involved because Ian is my stepfather and for the last 34 years I have seen him save animals with compassion and care and need help to give back to him as he has done for others. They are currently struggling to make ends meet and cover all the things Ian needs for comfortable care which is why I have set up this page for them.

Use of funds

Funds raised will go to supporting Ian and Lorna Hughes and all or their animals they have through rescue and adoption, now that Ian is no longer able to work due to terminal illness, and Lorna unable to as she is his full time carer.

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Ian  15 February 2018

Hello Everyone

We just wanted to let you all know that after a hard fought battle with his cancer, Ian passed away last night (Feb 14). He was surrounded by Lorna, his family and beloved dog Jonah. Thank you again to all of you who so kindly donated on his page. Thanks to you Ian was comfortable right up until the end, and we treasure the messages from you all that documented his professional life so beautifully.

A service will be held on Monday 19th 2pm at Silverstream Retreat, 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Stokes Valley, followed by private cremation.

Thank you again for all your support.

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  • Kate & Butter

    Kate & Butter on 27 May 2017


    I am sadden to hear the news of your sickness. My naughty Butter (Bichon crossed Poodle) always scared to see you but you were kind and gentle to him. Best wishes to you and your family! Thank you!


  • Kathy and Daniel Gilroy

    Kathy and Daniel Gilroy on 18 May 2017


    Thank you Ian for your big heart taking care of our loved animals


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 18 May 2017


    So good to get this update - here is just a little more to help. My four cats - all rescue cats - live happy lives with me in Pukekohe. Vets like Ian are a blessing for the animals, and now he deserves to be blessed.


  • Teresa Adams

    Teresa Adams on 18 May 2017


    We had lived in Stokes Valley for 7 years and even after we moved we still would take our furbabies Oreo and Prickles to see Ian. He is such a wonderful vet, and we are so saddened to hear about his illness and how his generosity to others has been taken advantage of. There are not enough people like Ian out there and it's such a shame that a few bad apples ruin it for everyone. We hope he can spend his remaining time pain-free and in peace all the while not having to worry about debt.


  • Petrol Heads V8 Car Club

    Petrol Heads V8 Car Club on 08 May 2017


    On behalf of the PHV8CC we would like to thank everyone from the Stokes Valley Community, all of the Car Clubs, Hot-Rod/Car/Bike enthusiasts and the general public for your support for the Ian Hughes fundraiser, Sunday 7th May 2017. A Big thanks also to the following businesses that generously gave up their time, products and services which helped make this event such a huge success. Hutt City Council, Valvoline, Carlton Hire, Road n Track Lower Hutt, The Warehouse - Petone, Supercheap Auto, Pete Donnell Automotive, TNT, Mag & Turbo Lower Hutt, Repco Lower Hutt, MP Auto Parts, Wellington Hospitality Services establishments – Stokes Valley, Boulcott, Miramar, Railway Ave and Upper Hutt, Repco Lower Hutt, Stokes Valley New World, Stokes Valley Unichem Chemist, Stokes Valley Caltex, Brews Stokes Valley, Stokes Valley Convenience Store, Stokes Valley RSA, Stokes Valley Community Patrol, Bridget’s Flowers Stokes Valley, Hairy Barber Stokes Valley/Lower Hutt, Pak N Save Lower Hutt, Burger Fuel – Porirua, Strike Entertainment Centre, Hutt News, NZME, Newstalk ZB, The Sound Radio Station, BNT Lower Hutt, Justin Hansen, All Fleet Services Wingate, Repco Petone, Hair by Ang-Berhampore, Selig Stokes Valley, Eva Beva, Nelson Street Motors, Queensgate Mall – Stride Property Ltd, Part Master, Booker Spalding, Waiwhetu Autos, Midas Porirua, Hutt Auto Installations, Ray White Lower Hutt, Crombie Lockwood Insurance, Mad Butcher Lower Hutt, Olympic Butchery Naenae, Woodys Quality Meats Naenae, Mrs Whippy, Lower Hutt Police. Special mention to the Hustler’s Car Club, for allowing us to share their venue, at the monthly Hot Road breakfast. To Ian and Lorna, a beautiful couple, it was an honour and privilege that you were able to share a part of your day with us. To Ian, a most deserving and worthy man who has served the community with his exceptional dedication and kindness for animal health care. God Bless


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