12 yr old Hamish Halley at the Granville Football Club.
12 yr old Hamish Halley at the Granville Football Club. Alistair Brightman

Stroke research fundraiser a huge success

RACHAEL Halley could not find words to describe how she felt when Granville Football Club raised more than $6000 for stroke research earlier this year.

"I'm amazed, I just couldn't believe it," she said.

The fundraiser and stroke awareness day at Granville's football grounds was held on August 8, and a full program of football fixtures, a BMX display and various other activities were held to raise money for Griffith University's stroke research unit.

The aim was to raise money for both Griffith Uni's stroke unit and Rachael's son Hamish Halley, who is continuing to recover after a life-changing accident in 2012.

Granville president Allen Ascough said the club raised $6093, half of which went to the Halleys.

"They've been long-term members of our club and it means a lot to be able to help out," Ascough said.

"We thought we'd raise a bit but the total definitely exceeded our expectations."

Hamish's life was turned upside down on October 13, 2012, when he crashed a motorcycle at a friend's house. He suffered severe brain injuries after the crash, and spent five months at Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital.



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