Duo keep care in the family

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For Darlington mother and daughter duo Lynette and Amy, caring was certainly in the family on Mother’s Day.

Mum Lynette Lownsbrough, 71, joined Home Instead Senior Care Darlington and just three months later her daughter Amy, 34, followed suit to the home care company.

“I love being a caregiver and everything Home Instead is about and so this definitely inspired Amy to become part of the team,” Lynette said.

“We’ve always got along really well and I’m proud that we’re working together and doing something so worthwhile to help older people remain at home.”

Amy’s dad passed away when she was just nine so Mother’s Day is even more meaningful for the pair who will be spending family time together, along with Amy’s brother Richard. But for Lynette, she says that ‘Every day is Mother’s Day’ for her because of the close relationship she has with her two children.

Talking about joining the team following in her mum’s steps, Amy said: “It’s great to work with mum as we can share advice and we both feel it is such a rewarding job. I feel valued because my clients are so grateful and happy when I come to visit.”

Lynette spent 34 years of her career nursing in South Africa where she brought her family up. Returning to the UK, she retired from nursing aged 68 but was looking for something new.

“I became bored and wanted to do a role where I could put my caring skills to good use, and get out and about socially,” she added. “The role has had a tremendous impact on my life, I love it.”

Sarah Wheeler, recruitment co-ordinator at Home Instead Darlington said: “It’s great to have a mother and daughter team on board here and shows how caring really is in the family. Lynette and Amy are fantastic caregivers and we’re proud that they’re part of the team here in Darlington.”

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