ComLink Reunite a Family

August 8, 2019
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Family is one of the most precious and priceless gifts there are.

ComLink understand what family means and how healthy family relationships benefit health and wellbeing and overall happiness.

Sweethearts, John and Pat Willett met in 1959 when they became pen pals from an article John saw in the local paper while convalescing in hospital after a vehicle accident. They met in person about 3 weeks later and were so smitten with each other they were soon engaged and six weeks later were married.

When John and Pat came to ComLink as clients this year they shared that they had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their daughter Trish at the Caboolture Sports Club, and that their 60th wedding anniversary was soon approaching. Further conversation revealed that unfortunately they hadn’t been as close with their daughter as they once were and that they thought they would be spending their ‘diamond’ anniversary without her.

ComLink immediately wanted to help make it a special day to remember. The team at North Brisbane organised flowers and balloons, lunch, and made a call to their daughter Trish.

The day rolled around, and John and Pat were told they were going on a ‘surprise’ outing. They arrived at the venue and walked in to be greeted by their daughter Trish and grandson James and enjoyed a lovely meal together.

John stated on several occasions “look at Pat’s face – she hasn’t stopped smiling all day”.

Pictured left to right: Cheree Brydon (Care Support Officer – North Brisbane), Ashlee O’Neil-Groves (Personal Care Assistant), Karen Christiansen (Care Coordinator – North Brisbane), James Willett (Grandson), Trish Willett (Daughter), Gayle Tebby (Personal Care Assistant).



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