What a year it’s been for everyone, but especially for Kevan and Jan. This lovely couple from regional NSW have had one blow after another. They had originally planned to visit under the Sargood Foundation’s Colin Apps grant program last year - but an extended stay in the hospital for Kevan followed by a family tragedy and then COVID, meant that their stay was postponed until now.
We arrived at Sargood and were first blown away at the location! We were greeted by the wonderful team on duty at the time and checked in. To say everything (and I mean everything) had been thought of was an understatement, there is no want or need that someone with a Spinal Cord Injury would have that is unavailable at this facility.
Tony & Chris
What an amazing place is Sargood. The staff, from Heidi over the phone, the front desk reception plus the “girls" that were always around in the kitchen/dining area and baking cookies to try on the food bench, helping out at happy hour as waitresses and even keeping our rooms tidy. They were always around with a friendly smile and talk.
“I don’t want to go home!" These are the words I cried as Ted, my husband & I drove out of Sargood on Collaroy. I was the recipient of a Colin Apps Scholarship from the Sargood Foundation, and how appreciative I am!
Richard is a long-term member of our local community here on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. A country boy, he moved to Sydney to follow a hugely successful rugby career playing with the Wallabies from 1988 to 1996 and then internationally to 2001.
Yvonne has been in a chair since the age of 8, however this independent and engaging lady lives alone and manages all her needs without complaint. A recent 9 month stay in hospital set her back and understandably left her feeling low and in need of a break.
Janet and Vickie
In their 22 years together Janet and Vickie had never been apart, that is until the events of Friday November 14th 2014 changed everything. That night as Vickie lay unable to move, having fallen down the stairs, Janet knew that things were going to be bad.
15 years ago, PJ’s life changed and many of the things that he enjoyed were closed off to him for a number of years. However, thanks to the generous support of others, PJ was able to take pleasure in many of the things that he took for granted pre-injury.
Being part of this community and sharing a lived experience with non-judgemental and supportive staff helped Tess to let go of some trauma and begin to work towards the acceptance of the new normal.