Leeds store employs 19 mums and kids

30 March 2011  ..........  Mums and siblings who work at Morrisons in Morley

30 March 2011 .......... Mums and siblings who work at Morrisons in Morley

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STAFF at one Leeds supermarket are celebrating Mother’s Day more than most with an astonishing 19 sets of mums and children who work together.

Morrisons in Morley, which employs 336 people, boasts the high number of family members working together which are mainly mothers and daughters – which also includes three generations from one family.

The related trio are gran June Wilde, 59, checkout operator, her daughter Sharron Wilde, 41, who is cafe supervisor and her daughter Leanne North, 23, administration assistant.

Leanne, who has an 18-month-old son, said her fiance’s mum Lynn Bradley and her daughter Emma also work there.

June, of Heckmondwike, said: “We don’t really see that much of each other to be honest. It works well, but there are a lot of people who are related to each other working here.”

Sharron added: “We are a very close knit family and it often feels like home from home. When we all started to think about the number of mothers and mainly daughters working together, we couldn’t believe how many there were in store.”

The trio also used to work together previously at Norwood textiles in Cleckheaton.

Another mum who works with 18-year-old daughter Lucy Smith is Jane Whitham, 41, from personnel. She said: “We just all get on with it, and don’t make a fuss, although it is a nice place to work.”

All the staff who attended a photoshoot in front of the store were given a bunch of flowers to mark Mothering Sunday, as a thank you from store bosses.

Yvonne Draker, area personnel and training manager, said: “I used to be manager here and it’s wonderful to see some of the staff now, who I first knew when they were little kids popping in to see their mums at work.”

She said other Morrisons stores also had a few mothers and daughters or sons working together, with 10 pairings at Kirkstall, and 13 pairs at Guiseley.

alison.bellamy@ypn.co.uk

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