Janie makes it to New­ton Gala ... just one year late

Janie’s life hung in the bal­ance for months af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.”

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