On Sunday afternoon approximately 100 people gathered at Gorman House for the dedication of a garden bench in memory of and with thanks to Jim Smith and Daphne Ferguson.FIONA BLICK May 20, 2014 3:39pm
Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy officiated, assisted by Barbara Smith, widow of Jim Smith and Barry Ferguson, Daphne’s son.
Daphne Ferguson fought for years to get respite accommodation for people with disabilities and in 2006 a committee was formed to raise the funds and build the house.
Jim Smith led the committee and achieved huge local support resulting in the completion of a great facility for the district.
The facility is at present operating successfully with a marked increase in clients and bookings throughout the winter months.
Cr Don McPhee chaired the event and tributes to both Jim and Daphne were given, praising their dedication and the persistence with which they both worked and fought for a wonderful outcome.
Daphne’s friendship with Bernadette Gorman led to the generous donation of the land for the respite house by the Gorman family.
This made it possible for the project to begin.
The garden bench, built by the Men’s Shed, will remain as a memorial to them in the lovely gardens and be seen by all those who visit the house.
Many members of both families, along with friends and supporters of Gorman House and PALS were present at the dedication.
Both Jim and Daphne passed away recently and are greatly missed in the community.
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