Army of helpers mobilise to makeover Doubleview war widow’s backyard for Legacy

Captain James Clarke, Corporal James Dastlik and Warrant Officer Adam West with Eva Young
Captain James Clarke, Corporal James Dastlik and Warrant Officer Adam West with Eva Young

VOLUNTEERS have transformed a Doubleview war widow’s backyard.

Twenty soldiers from the WA University Regiment (WAUR) armed themselves with whipper snippers, gardening gloves and chainsaws to help tidy the yard of 90-year-old Eva Young.

Mrs Young’s husband Ray, who served in the Royal Australian Air Force, died in June.

The backyard blitz was part of Legacy’s garden makeover program, which helps widows by maintaining their gardens to reduce the risk of falls.

The charity supports the families of Defence Force members who have died and is regularly assisted by the WAUR.

The charity helps about 58,000 war widows and widowers, as well as 2000 children and dependants with disabilities throughout Australia.

Mrs Young said she appreciated the soldiers’ work.

“I’ve lived in this residence for over 63 years, raised a family of three and it is great to see my family home restored to its former glory,” she said.

“It is such a great feeling to know Legacy are here when and if I need them.”