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18 June, 2021

30 years of support

Thirty years ago Sister Catherine Grant and Margo Piggott started up the Stroke Support Society in Gilgandra.

By Emily Middleton

The society was built to assist those who have suffered from a stroke and their carers by providing a safe space and many tips and tricks along the way. Sister Catherine was a full-time community nurse when Marie O’Connor, a local lady, had a stroke, and wished there was “a support group to help each other out.”

Sister Catherine and Ms Piggott started the society in 1991, and a year later, passed the reigns to Yvonne Logan and the late Thelma McCrae. Ms Logan then led the group with Marie Murphy for 22 years until her unfortunate passing, and Ms Logan says it has been an honor.

Sister Catherine was unable to attend the 30th anniversary, but sent her best wishes via a letter.

“When Margo and I started this support group 30 years ago, we never dreamt it would go on from strength to strength.

“This was only made possible by the dedication of the original carers such as Yvonne and our dear friend Marie Murphy who is unfortunately no longer with us,” wrote Sister Catherine.

“The main objective was to give all a chance to share company and ideas and support each other. It was mainly a support group.”

The group celebrated at Armatree Hotel on Wednesday, June 2, with a roast lunch and a cake from Val Long to follow.

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