A Tradition of Cricket and Care

on the Friday, August 11, 2017

Much loved philanthropist Lady Janet Clarke was a driving force behind the creation of Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) founded in 1885, and has now given her name to Bolton Clarke, the new face of the organisation. 

In addition to her links with this iconic Melbourne organisation her sporting history has attracted the interest of our clients. Lady Clarke started one of Australia’s most cherished sporting traditions when she burned the Ashes cricket stumps in 1882 and presented them to the English Captain.

For 91-year-old Bolton Clarke client Allan Damon, Lady Janet Clarke’s cricketing connections are of particular interest as he has fond memories of his own cricketing career lasting 1945 to 1970.

“I always loved playing cricket, it was one of my favourite past times. I found it very interesting to learn Bolton Clarke has such strong cricketing links,” Allan said.

“I played for 25 years in Mount Waverley, during that time I played in nine premierships, won the bowling average for the club eight times and won the association bowling average twice. I also finished my last game with 110 wickets.”

Despite retiring from the game Allan still enjoys watching cricket on the television including the Ashes, 20/20 games and is especially happy to see they are broadcasting women’s games.

“It’s good to see these sportswomen are getting recognition because they are fantastic players. I do enjoy seeing live games though, about 40 years ago I went to the Australia vs India game at the MCG and Bill Johnson won for Australia about being 9 out,” he said.

In addition to all the sport Allan lived a very active and healthy lifestyle, farming vegetables in Victoria for his whole life.

“I was always very healthy, I never visited a hospital until I was 70-years-old, I asked my doctor what was causing more frequent visits and he replied Birthdays,” he said.  

“Now I have the nurses visit me twice a week, I don’t know what I would do without them – I love having them come by, they are always so helpful.”

Today, Bolton Clarke have more than 6200 staff and provide home support for more than 112,000 clients and more than 4500 residents in retirement living and residential aged care communities. 

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