A WOMAN who thought she would never work again after undergoing emergency surgery is celebrating her first year in business.
Pat Leask, from South Shields, had to have her stomach and gall bladder removed several years ago because of a rare medical condition.
It has been hard and I still get tired because of my condition, but I really enjoy it. I never thought it would be so successful.Pat Leask
But despite believing she would never work again, she launched the Cleaning and Ironing Angels.
A year on, she has not only expanded her client base but has been able to give five people jobs.
Mrs Leask, 49, who will continue to be monitored for the rest of her life for her medical condition, said: “I can’t believe how well everything has gone.
“Last year, it was just me on my own and I had no idea how things would go.
“Now I have employed five people and my client base just keeps expanding.”
The idea of starting her own businesses came to her during a flight back to the UK from Australia, where she had been visiting friends.
Once back in South Tyneside, she received business support and help through Tedco and Jobcentre Plus.
“It has been hard and I still get tired because of my condition, but I really enjoy it.
“I never thought it would be so successful.
“Going self-employed had never entered my head but I am glad I’ve done it.
“I didn’t ever not want to work, it was just trying to find the right job which I could do around my condition.” For more details on The Cleaning and Ironing Angels, contact 0757 098 0453.