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Worksop: Nana who ‘never stops’ is given our Guardian Rose

Janet Medlam from Worksop is presented with the Guadian Rose Award by her family, Kirsty, Katie, darren and grandchildren for all the hardwork she does

Janet Medlam from Worksop is presented with the Guadian Rose Award by her family, Kirsty, Katie, darren and grandchildren for all the hardwork she does

Busy nana Janet Medlam was forced to sit down for five minutes when we surprised her with the Guardian Rose.

The 51-year-old, of Chesterton Drive, Kilton, was in the middle of cooking breakfast for the whole family - something she does daily.

That is after waking up before sunrise to get her elderly neighbour out of bed, and get to work for 5.40am.

Janet is site manager at St Augustine’s Primary School in Worksop where she has worked for the last 17 years.

“I finish at 9.30am then come back and cook breakfast. Then it’s various cooking, cleaning and doing errands for my neighbour Lily and also my mother in law who I care for too,” said Janet.

“I’m back at school for 2.30pm to finish off the rest of the day there. I don’t stop until after 8.30pm when I’ve put Lily to bed.”

Janet started at St Augustine’s as a midday supervisor because she wanted to keep an eye on her three children who were pupils there.

Now grown up, Darren, 29, works alongside his mum as handyman at the school. Some of Janet’s six grandchildren are now pupils there too.

Darren has two children, Brenden, 11, and Demi-Leigh, five. And twins Kirsty and Katie, 24, have four little ones between them - Jake, four; Layla, two; Lexie, three; and baby Darcie who is just a few weeks old.

“I do work hard and I like looking after people,” said Janet. “I never slow down - I can’t. I go shopping on a Saturday and bingo on a Sunday - that’s my ‘me’ time.”

“I’m gobsmacked to get the Guardian Rose. It’s a nice gesture.”

Daughter Kirsty said: “We appreciate everything mum does for us. We just wish she would slow down a bit. She doesn’t stop.”

“As well as caring for her neighbour, who has dementia, and her disabled mother in law, who is housebound, mum is always there for us.”

“Dad, Darren, Katie and I just wanted to do something to for her to show her how much she means to us.”

“I don’t know where we’d be without her - but I also don’t know what she’d do if she didn’t have us lot.”

 

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