Faithful volunteer Betty Biffin remembered

HammondCare is commemorating the life of beloved volunteer Betty Biffin OAM.

A well-known and respected figure in the Liverpool community, Mrs Biffin served as a volunteer with HammondCare for more than 27 years. Mrs Biffin passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, aged 96.

HammondCare At Home General Manager, David Martin, thanked Mrs Biffin for her decades of service.

“On behalf of all the residents, volunteers and staff who had the great pleasure of knowing Betty, I would like to pay tribute to her wonderful generosity of spirit,” Mr Martin said.

“Betty’s selflessness was a light to everyone she came in contact with. Her life was a wonderful model to us all of the difference one person can make in their community, and her loss will be felt by many countless people.

“HammondCare will not be the same without Betty. As we commemorate her life, we are also incredibly grateful for her faithful hope of the life to come.”

Mrs Biffin was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013, in recognition of her incredible contribution to volunteering. Her response to the Queen’s Birthday honour exemplified the humility that marked her 70-plus years of service to the people of south-west Sydney.

“I feel very humbled, because you know, you don't do it for the recognition,” she said at the time.

“The years I have been serving our Lord at Hammondville have been a great pleasure, and as I long as I can help others I will continue to do it.”

True to her word, Mrs Biffin continued volunteering into the final year of her long and happy life, even though she was older than many of the aged care residents she visited weekly at HammondCare’s residential aged care facility in Hammondville.

Those she visited all looked forward to an invite to the famous morning teas held at her home. For those occasions she would wake before sunrise to bake batches of homemade scones.

Mrs Biffin said sharing special moments with residents, often in prayer or reciting some of her favourite scripture from Psalm 121, was “all the thanks I want”.

She loved to volunteer alongside her late husband Hector, who also received several honours for his service to the Liverpool community.

“Our motto was and is, ‘love one another as I have loved you’. That’s what our Lord said to do so that’s what we tried to do,” Mrs Biffin told HammondCare in 2016.

“It makes me realise how blessed I am, and I try to bring a little bit of happiness into their lives.”

HammondCare will celebrate the life of Betty Biffin with a thanksgiving and recognition service at Hammondville on Monday, April 30.

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