Legatee Margaret Bailey at the Grafton Legacy office.
Legatee Margaret Bailey at the Grafton Legacy office. Adam Hourigan

Legacy ‘saved me'

NINE years ago when Margaret Bailey lost her husband Bob, a Vietnam War veteran, she and her family were facing trying circumstances.

She had two dependent teenage children and financially as well as emotionally, things looked difficult.

Help found the family when Jim Coombes went around to Ms Bailey's home and invited her to go to the Legacy Laurel Club.

The Legacy Laurel Club is a place for war widows whose husbands have died from wartime injuries to meet and support each other.

Since 2009 Ms Bailey has been the club's president.

It was the sheer amount of support the organisation provided to her and her family that motivated her to continue working to keep Legacy going.

Legacy provided financial support for the education of her children, helped out with a holiday to Moss Vale and a laptop for her daughter to use at university.

"Legacy is there to help all widows whose husbands fought for their country," said Ms Bailey.

This is Legacy Week, which recognises the work of the organisation.



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