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Bupa Pendean

Bupa is marking Mother’s Day this Sunday by celebrating the families that work together to support care home residents across the country.

For the past six years, house keeper Penny Nichols has been working at Pendean care home in Midhurst, Sussex, with her daughter Emma and son James. Together the family offer around the clock support for residents.

Housekeeping assistant Emma said: “I initially joined the home 10 years ago to earn money to go on a charity trip to Botswana and Tanzania to help decorate an orphanage.

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“Since then my brother and mum have joined. We work so well together, it doesn’t cross my mind that I’m actually working with my family!”

Penny, who was inspired to become a carer by her children, added: “Working in a care home it feels like you work in one big, happy family and in our case, it actually is.

“I am glad I joined the care home with my children. It makes me feel proud and privileged to see the great relationships they have with the residents; a side which many mothers who don’t work with their kids wouldn’t see.”

Home manager Jackie Travers commented: “The close ties between Penny, James and Emma bring a family atmosphere to the home. They remind residents how important families are.

“Mother’s Day is a big event in our home – we’ll be celebrating with lots of flowers and our residents’ family and friends.”

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