Mother’s Day treat for 91-year-old carer

Margaret Axtell, 91 with her daughter Jennifer,68 at Popple Well Springs, Tadcaster.Picture: Richard Doughty Photography
Margaret Axtell, 91 with her daughter Jennifer,68 at Popple Well Springs, Tadcaster.Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

A 91-year-old carer and her daughter are looking forward to tucking in to a host of culinary delights over a special Mother’s Day lunch at Hanover’s Popple Well Springs Extra Care housing development in Tadcaster.

After living together for several years in their own two-bedroom house in Tadcaster Margaret Axtell and her daughter Jenny applied to move to Popple Well Springs two years ago, after 68-year-old Jenny suffered from three strokes. As a result, the former personal assistant became wheelchair bound.

Mother and daughter are fiercely independent and have declined the domiciliary care they are entitled to.

Margaret supports her daughter by cooking her breakfast and lunch, doing her cleaning, washing, dressing and assisted bathing. The pair are very happy in each other’s company and are able to do most things together which include attending table top sales at the estate.

Margaret said: “We have always got on well. The best thing about living here is that we are never lonely and I have the peace of mind that Jenny will be looked after by the on-site care and support team when I am no longer able to cope.”

This year the pair will be enjoying their Mother’s Day meal in the Popple Well Springs restaurant.

Margaret added: “I am really looking forward to Mother’s Day. It will be a great chance for Jenny and I to sit down and reminisce about the good old days.

“When Jenny used to come home from work I would have dinner waiting on the table before we would spend the rest of the evening chatting in the garden.”