Star readers rally to help Hatton Vale couple – Australia News


A SIMPLE trip and Jillian McNair was stuck.

The Hatton Vale woman broke her foot last month while visiting her son’s house and was unable to travel from her home to Ipswich Hospital for her appointments until a team of Gatton Star readers pitched in to help.

Ms McNair’s husband is a veteran who no longer drives and while he is entitled to subsidised transport, his wife and carer found it far more difficult to access similar support services for herself.

“The only (form of transport) I could probably get was a Laidley taxi and goodness knows how much that would have cost,” Ms McNair said.

“Our children are all on the Gold Coast and they’ll missed a bit of work to come here and help me out, and we’ve had our neighbour who’s been really good.

“It’s very awkward to get yourself around when you’ve broken your foot.”

Frustrated, she wrote a letter to the Gatton Star that outlined her woes and struck a chord with a nearby member of the Lowood RSL sub-branch.

The sub-branch’s deputy president Trevor Tootell leapt into action immediately and arranged for a number of drivers to take Ms McNair to her appointments, all free of charge.

“All I was thinking was we’ve got a vet and his carer in trouble and our job as part of the RSL welfare is to look after the vets,” he said.

“If we were able to assist them in any way, that’s what we do.”

Ms McNair said she was surprised to find there was no other service for people like her but Mr Tootell said the couple’s situation was not unique.

“We have several people in the same boat,” he said.

“All our guys are volunteers, basically what they’re there for is to look after the vets and their families, be it their carers or otherwise….

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