Trio of Mount Magnet helpers go separate way with a tear

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Mount Magnet Bidi Bidi Early Childhood Centre staff Marylin George, Bev Basham and Elizabeth Little.
Camera IconMount Magnet Bidi Bidi Early Childhood Centre staff Marylin George, Bev Basham and Elizabeth Little. Credit: Midwest Times

A trio of women who spent more than five years crusading for Mount Magnet youngsters were separated last Friday — and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Bev Basham moved to Mt Magnet from New Zealand in 2015 to be closer to her daughter, taking a role with Centacare’s Bidi Bidi childcare centre. That’s where she met Lizzie Little and Marilyn George.

While they started as co-workers, it didn’t take long for lifelong friendship to blossom, with the women supporting each other through grief, family challenges and isolation.

Ms Basham’s daughter left town 18 months ago, and she has a grandson she’s not yet met.

She decided to leave to be closer to her own family.

“It is with a great joy that I leave here because of what I am going to, but also with great sadness because of what I am leaving,” Ms Basham said.

She praised Ms Little for her creativity and Ms George for her cultural knowledge — both skills which she said were paramount in helping prepare young kids for success at school.

Ms George and Ms Little were grateful for every-thing Ms Basham had brought. Ms Little said: “She’s gone from being Bev to ‘Nana BB’... She’s become the unofficial grandmother to all the kids who attend here.”

Ms George said “When I lose any of my family she was there to support me and sit down and have a yarn with me. I want to thank her for all the things that she’s done.”

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