A Life of Service

By Bev Jordan
There is a huge list of community organisations that Audrey Blood OAM has championed over the years and taking care of others and life of service has always been high on her list of priorities.

Mrs Blood moved into RSL LifeCare resident at Ron Middleton VC Gardens in North Richmond, earlier this year after her cancer treatment slowed her down.

“It is close to my family and friends,” said the former Windsor resident. Mrs Blood lost her husband Neville in 1985. A World War 2 veteran, he had served with the 9thDivision in Egypt and New Guinea.

She joined the War Widows Guild, starting a group in Macksville where she was living at the time.

Her involvement with the War Widows Guild of Australia spanned more than 20 years and included service as the NSW State President from 2003-2006 and as National President of the Guild, from 2008 to 2012.

“There were 100,000 war widows across Australia,” she said. “I travelled to every State and did three trips to Gallipoli (to lay an official wreath at the dawn service on behalf of war widows) and one to the Western Front.”

Her accomplishments were recognised nationally when she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002.

The mother-of-two lost her daughter Jannette, a nurse at Westmead Hospital, who was killed in a hit and run on her way home. The loss resulted in Mrs Blood’s volunteer work with Compassionate Friends of Bereaved Parents.

Her 30-years as a volunteer has also included time with the State Emergency Service, Meals on Wheels, Voice Interest Education for Women Club (VIEW) for the Smith Family, Legacy, CWA, plus hospital and medical support groups.

In 2013, she was named Hawkesbury Citizen of the Year for her community work.

Mrs Blood said that her lymphoma diagnosis has resulted in numerous trips to the hospital for treatment plus major surgery in October last year.

She said she was very happy to move to Ron Middleton VC Gardens.

“It’s an excellent place for someone like me,” she said.

“I can’t cope on my own, I get weak and tired so I need the help which is quite outstanding.”

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