Kindness knows no bounds

AT 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 aged 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 home-made 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 of the Order of Australia on Australia Day.

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

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