Local family unite for birthday

Singleton residents Adrienne and Alan Jackson had a surprise visit from Adrienne's sister, Ngaio Donell and her four daughters Julie Glass, Karen Radovonich, Lynda Russel and Debra Donnell.

Adrienne had visited her New Zealand based family most years for events before suffering a serious fall in Russia over four years ago.

It was not until February this year she was able to return home.

Now that Adrienne has been advised to 'avoid long flights' by her doctor, it was decided by Ngaio and her daughters that they would fly to her.

Together with family and friends they celebrated Debbies 50th birthday in their house in Singleton on Monday.

Various members of the family admitted that they have not had a reunion like this since 1975.

"It is a very special surprise that they have come to visit me, it means the world," Adrienne humbly expresses.