Six carer sisters celebrate Siblings Day at an Ixworth care home

The workforce is made up of three groups of siblings, who have worked from home for many years.

Submitted by Beeches Residential Home

Staff and residents of a care home in Ixworth, Suffolk, celebrated ahead of Siblings Day, with their team of six sisters.

The Beeches Dwelling House has a strong workforce made up of three groups of siblings, who have worked at the house for many years.

Bev Shave, assistant household manager at The Beeches, has been at home for sixteen years, along with her sister, Tina Allen, who has been at home as a caregiver for four years.

Mélanie and Marcia Anness, caregivers, have been at home for three and four years. Natasha Walpole, has been home for eight years, with her sister, Reba Walpole, who has been home for four years.

Bev Shave said: “It’s so nice to have so many siblings, including my own sister, working together at The Beeches. We have a pleasant atmosphere here filled with committed, hardworking and dedicated care staff, which is made even more special by the family ties within the house.

National Siblings Day serves to celebrate and recognize the importance of siblings. Sibling bonds and relationships are unlike any other as it is usually the longest relationship a person has in their lifetime.

Bev continued, “Residents here at The Beeches really enjoy chatting with the caregivers about their sibling relationships and it’s always a great topic of discussion.”

Beeches also have two pairs of mothers and daughters. Caregivers Karen Lonergan, who has been at home for five years, and Katelyn Lonergan, her daughter, have been at home for two years.

Care assistant Laura Jackson has also been at home for twelve years and her mother, Louise Applin, has been at home for eighteen years.

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