Michelle “Shelly” Jeffery
FAREWELL VISIT TO SAY GOODBYE TO A BRAVE LADY “SHELLY”
Our welfare visits to the Royal Rehab, Putney are always enjoyable and rewarding because of the people we met there from varied walks of life, who are all striving to overcome their injuries and get back home to resume their lives.
On a recent visit to the Centre on the 21 April 2015 by Ben Ross and Stuart Raper, Men of League Head Office and Norm Pounder and Ken Vessey, Welfare Officers Northern Sydney Committee, it had a special purpose because we were saying farewell to a lady we had become to know and respect since October 2014.
The lady in question was Michelle “Shelly” Jeffery who had been undergoing rehab treatment for spinal injuries she had suffered whilst surf board riding on the Central Coast and was due to return home within days.
We had observed Shelly really dig into her rehab treatment with much determination and a tremendous desire to be able to walk again. We were all overwhelmed to see her standing and walking towards us without the aid of a walker.
Prior to her injuries Shelly was an accomplished touch football player and remains a staunch NRL Eastern Suburbs Sydney Roosters supporter.
We presented Shelly with a Sydney Rooster’s cap and 2015 Sydney Roosters team poster in recognition of her support for her favoured rugby league team and wished her continued return to good health. She was most appreciative of the visit and thanked the Men of League Foundation for the support given to her.