Hammond Care At Home client recognised for her big heart

HCAH July newsletter Margaret2For most of her life, Margaret, a HammondCare At Home client, gave her time and her heart as a volunteer. For 40 of those years, she also advocated for a woman with an intellectual disability.

So, it was more than fitting that Margaret was recognised for her lifetime of giving when she received the Canberra Gold Award from the Chief Minister on her 89th birthday, in March this year.

Margaret says her sense of helping the community came from her mother. “It never occurred to me not to help people,” she shared.

Margaret enjoys visits from her family which includes four daughters, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In recent times Margaret developed an interest in history, enrolling in a course at the University of the Third Age. She has also discovered a passion for rock music!

“I like the drums best.”

Her youngest daughter, Madeleine explains that her mum has really taken to rock music in her advanced years.

“When my father died, Mum said she wanted to see a band. We have photos of her rocking up on stage with the band at a local pub; she was 84 at the time. For her 85th Birthday I took her to see Queen at Acer Arena because she loved their music in the 70s and 80s. Her next gig is a heavy metal band in her hometown of Canberra,” Madeleine explained.

Margaret learned about HammondCare’s services through Madeleine when Madeleine was working at our residential site in Darlinghurst in inner Sydney.

“I was so impressed with founder Rev Bob Hammond’s story. What a great start for an organisation! Now I have a care worker from HammondCare At Home visit me every day, to help with personal care, getting breakfast and hanging out the washing. The team, Barsha, Juan and Helen, are so considerate and helpful.

“Their company each morning sets me up for the day. Whoever is rostered on will get the paper for me and I encourage them to look through it. I try to help them improve their reading and writing skills. They’re from Nepal. I really enjoy hearing about their life stories.

“I feel very supported by the HammondCare At Home team. The care workers always do as I ask, checking in with me. They’re very nurturing, and great communicators. I can’t survive without them.”