Kindness knows no bounds

AT the age of 99 Beatrice Ellen Abell was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for sewing 10,000 garments for Anglicare Home Mission Society.

When she died at 107, her then 72-year-old daughter Vera Lillian Abell, of Castle Hill, founded The Anglicare Beatrice Ellen Abell Group with her friend Elaine Barnett.

The volunteer group collects homemade and bought items for Anglicare Mt Druitt.

"Mother had a theory, 'Never say die'," Miss Abell, 88, said.

She has inherited that same determination, since 1998 collecting more than 40,000 items for Anglicare which she personally records, bundles and gift-wraps before distribution.

"This month we have 179 items to contribute," Miss Abell said.

For her service to the community, co-ordinating these charitable donations, Miss Abell received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day.

She also edits a quarterly newsletter (received by the group's 200 members), convenes the group's monthly meetings and volunteers in the Mowll Village Library at Anglican Retirement Villages where she has lived since 2002.

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