Last night I received a phone call from a friend saying she had seen a snippet on the Channel 7 news for Monday night about a local female bank manager, saying she was out to con a family out of the “poor old mums” inheritance.
This female bank manager has been in our area for years, I have known her for 10 years or more and is “one of the good guys”!
I knew something was amiss as too frequently I see stories in our own local newspaper that have 1/2 truths and one sided stories where only the barest of facts are reported and someones one sided opinion used to fill out the rest of the story
As soon as I heard this, my thoughts were “I bet this is about the elderly woman she has been looking after for years”.
So I contacted the bank manager and asked about the story snippet that was seen on Channel 7 on Friday night and sure enough, it was about the elderly woman….
So now for some facts.
Christine Frankham is been the bank manager of Bendigo Bank, Dee Why for many years.
She is a quiet, compassionate woman from a country background that knows good service, how to listen and help people within her bank and within the community around her.
She knows how to listen and always is always enthusiastic about helping the business community as well as others, which is how I first got to know Christine.
She has known the elderly lady for over 20 years and has been visiting her almost daily for 15.
The lady is now 91 years old and as I used to pop in and see Christine late in the afternoons at the bank, Christine would be getting ready for her daily visit to her elderly friend.
Christine was usually picking up shopping, giving her company and being a true friend.
Why is Christine this way you ask?
Well Christine’s mum used to look after the elderly and it was always the “country thing” to do!
In 2006, the elderly friend wanted Christine & her carer to become Enduring Guardians for her, the elderly friend had virtually no contact with her family, and made it clear she did not get on with her family.
The lady had no photos of her family up in her house and went to the Guardianship Court and gave her reasons as to why she picked Christine and her other friend (her carer) to share the role.
The transcripts of these court proceedings along with the elderly friends words are all there for the public to see. It is all above board and what her friend had dearly wanted.
The elderly friend had a fall in May 2011 and went to hospital….and in hospital had another fall.
Now the family have suddenly turned up.
Now the family are angry…..since May Christine has been threatened, forks produced twice with threats to stab Christine in the face, her car blocked by a human barricade plus more.
Have Channel 7 really tried to get to the truth (other than chase her 3 times through the streets with cameras???)
Does Channel 7 bother to investigate- under section 57 of the Guardianship Act, a person under guardianship cannot be identified, discussed without approval from the Guardianship board- there is a prison sentence if this is contravened.
Christine cannot comment publicly at all under this Act – however information can be accessed with permission by the board.
No, of course not!
Those of us who know Christine, know that she always try to do whatever is asked of her as she is a woman of true heart and spirit.
but what do people do when they are stuck with family they don’t like?
Reading about Neville Wran’s challenges about changing his will and enduring guardianship who has cut his wife out of these documents has been covering the headlines in the Herald lately.
Personally I am appalled that someone who has retired from public life has his family squabbles splashed all over the papers.
Christine and her elderly friend (&her family) are not in the public eye- never have been!
So why do we have to endure a story on Channel 7 news that have a one-sided story from a family that were missing in action for 15 years?
What about a balanced story with the transcripts from the Guardianship Board from the elderly woman herself?
Oh, and why did she want the guardianship in the first place?
Wasn’t it to avoid her family putting her in a nursing home?
And where is the elderly friend now?
In a nursing home….
There will always be families angry about guardianship’s and wills but isn’t it the right of the person to choose what they want??
Isn’t that why guardianships were brought in in the first place????