Margaret’s lifetime of care for her community

BRIGHTON’S Margaret Horsey, who 73 next month, has spent a lifetime looking after others and she hasn’t stopped yet.

Margaret, who has just clocked up 33 years working for South Eastern Community Care (SECC), proudly boasts that some of her clients are up to 20 years younger than her.

Margaret began full time with SECC in 1985 helping with housework and general cleaning, as well as assisting clients with their showering.

Well done, Margaret Hornsey.  Brighton municipality thanks you for your community-minded spirit.
Well done, Margaret Hornsey. Brighton municipality thanks you for your community-minded spirit.

After looking after her own parents, her husband, who died five years ago of cancer, his uncle and father, as well as raising her own children, Margaret said a natural transition to work was helping others keep their house clean.

“I stayed at home looking after our children but when our youngest went to primary school I decided it was time to look for a job.

“Obviously home care was all I ever knew.  Fortunately, through a friend, I found out about  SECC and I was asked if I would like to do some home help,” Margaret said.

The work was always just a few days a week about four up to 10 to 20 hours a fortnight.

But Margaret said she had developed real friendships over the years.

“I have a lot of regular clients.  One lady has been getting Margaret’s help for 17 years and another elderly gentleman has been receiving home help for 12 years.

“They are all absolutely lovely people. You just become a part of their lives so not only am I giving them a helping hand I am very much their friend.   We love to have a chat and keep up with news and things that are happening in the community.”

Importantly, Margaret, through SECC, is helping elderly people to stay in their own homes.

“It’s really important for them to stay in their own homes but of course there comes a time when it’s time to move to a nursing home. While that is sad, it is a good feeling to know that I have been able to help them stay in independent living for as long as possible,” Margaret said.

Even though she is approaching 73, Margaret said she is hoping to do her work with SECC as long as possible.

She has clients throughout Brighton and beyond including Elderslie and Colebrook,

While Margaret hasn’t received any official recognition for her effort, SECC and the community know how hard she has worked to help others. So many like her are so invisible.

Her daughter Alison Norris, who is a registered nurse, said it was wonderful for her mum was recognised for her achievements.

“We’re obviously very proud of her and it’s amazing when you look at people who don’t work – yet she still wants to go out and do things in her community.

“As a registered nurse I know the importance of people like mum in the community. We need people like her to help keep elderly people in their homes and not be forced into aged care homes. She is doing vital work and it is very much appreciated,” Alison said.

Well done, Margaret.  Brighton municipality thanks you for your community-minded spirit.