A NOLLAMARA couple aims to provide support to ex-war veterans’ widows and children for as long as they can.
Former solider Creagh Macdonald Bramley (70) and his wife Lois (69) were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on June 11, after volunteering and supporting ex-war veterans’ families for more than 20 years.
After leaving the military, Mr Bramley joined charity Legacy Australia, became the chairman of widows group Laurel Club and Junior Legacy Committee and organised camps in Busselton.
Mrs Bramley was the Laurel Club organiser for more than 20 years and served as a stamp collecting organiser, where she would sell stamps and raise funds for Legacy.
Mr Bramley said he and his wife were honoured to receive the awards, which they dedicated to the widows and children of deceased servicemen.
“We think there is a lot more worthy people, a lot more worthy than us doing great service for the community,” he said.
“Legacy has given us far more than what we have given them, in the friendships we have developed and the good times of watching the kids grow up and turn into responsible citizens – that is a real plus.
“We are still involved and as long as we are able and as long as we are wanted, hopefully that goes on.”
Mr Bramley said during his 20 years in the military, where he was mainly based at Swanbourne in Perth, his wife supported him throughout.
“We decided when we retired, as well as along the way, but more especially when we retired that we would dedicate ourselves to helping people out,” he said.
“The World War II widows have told us that they suffered some hardships along the way and also it gives us just a lot of satisfaction out of being able to help the kids.
“Whilst we can’t replace their fathers but at least we can give them a bit of a fatherly image – not just myself (but) other legatees that are involved.”
For more information, contact Legacy on 9486 4900.