Legacy Week personal for Waterhen

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Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Waterhen, Legacy

Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Jean Metcalf holds a Legacy bucket at HMAS Waterhen as he prepares to raise money for ‘Legacy Week 2016’. (photo: Unknown)
Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Jean Metcalf holds a Legacy bucket at HMAS Waterhen as he prepares to raise money for ‘Legacy Week 2016’.

Collecting money for Legacy was more than just adding a helping hand for HMAS Waterhen's Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Jean Metcalf, whose grandmother is one thousands of widows supported each year by the charity.

During Legacy Week, Waterhen raised over $43,500 for the appeal, collecting money through the sale of badges, pens, wrist bands and teddy bears to the community.

Leading Seaman Metcalf says he has seen first hand the benefit that Legacy provides to the families of incapacitated or deceased service personnel, so he was keen to get involved.

“My grandfather Ted Metcalf was an Air Force Flight Sergeant and Air Force Warrant Officer during the Vietnam War.  He made it back from the conflict, but sadly passed away in 1985.  Since then my grandmother has been helped by Legacy – with accomodation, emotional support and with some financial assistance,” Leading Seaman Metcalf said.

“It is good to know that since my grandfather gave part of his adult life in the service of his country, there is an organisation that acknowledges this and can provide support to his loved ones."

Each year Legacy Supports approximately 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

Around 22 badge sellers from Waterhen travelled all over the North Shore during Legacy Week, fundraising at key transport hubs, Bunnings and North Shore Hospital.  

“It was good to get involved with the fundraising appeal and the money raised is indicative of the hard work of the personnel who collected it and the communities support for veterans and returned service men and women,” Leading Seaman Metcalf said.