Janie makes it to Newton Gala ... just one year late
Janie’s life hung in the balance for months after suffering a stroke
Newton Gala Day once again proved to be a massive success, but one family in particular were delighted to attend the event.
Last year, on the morning of the gala, Janie McLaughlin was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.
Her life hung in the balance and she wasn’t released until December.
All through her recovery, 76-year-old Janie was determined to make it to this year’s event on Saturday, June 25, to make up for not getting there in 2015.
So being there with daughter Angela Bilsland had added significance for her.
Angela said: “She was really determined to go. I’ve never seen her so motivated.
“We thought we were going to lose her. At first she couldn’t talk or walk.
“She felt robbed of missing it last year so she was so pleased to get there. She goes every single year and has helped out at it.
“It was a really great day. She had a fantastic time and it was the longest she had been out of hospital since what happened.
“The neighbours were all coming up to her and hugging her.”
Unfortunately, her husband John, 78, was unable to attend the day as he too has had health problems, but Angela hopes he will be similarly motivated to get back next year.
Janie’s connection with Newton goes back 25 years.
As well as suffering the stroke she has an underlying problem that affects her balance and earlier this year appeared in the paper after a Reformer papergirl raised the alarm when she fell in her home.
Recalling the moment she thought she would lose her mum last year Angela said: “I go over there on a Friday but on the Saturday of the gala, I heard an ambulance going past and I just had a bad feeling about it. We were all devastated. My brother came home from California.
“Hopefully she’ll get to many more and that dad will be there next year. Mum won’t run a marathon again, but she’s got a good quality of life.”
Newton Village Resident’s Association social convener, Jeanette Adam said: “It was good to see Janie there, she was looking well.”