Caregiver is on the right wavelength

A local ornithologist who once looked after 35,000 pairs of puffins and is now a caregiver for Home Instead in Macclesfield, has found that his former career is proving to be a great asset with one of his clients, the great British scientist, Sir Bernard Lovell.

Fifty-two year old Mark Brown, regularly visits Sir Bernard Lovell with whom he has developed a great rapport. Mark, who holds a degree in Countryside Management and was a radar ornithologist at DEFRA, the Department of Rural Affairs in York, is the perfect companion for Sir Bernard who, at the age of 97, still has a lively interest in nature and in particular, the trees in the arboretum at his Cheshire home.

Mark says: “Being a Caregiver is a dream job and I would really encourage other people to consider it. We all get old one day and the service Home Instead provides is first-class. This is a fantastic example of the added value Home Instead give by carefully matching caregivers with clients. Sir Bernard is interested in what I know about ornithology and obviously he has a great deal that he can teach me, it’s fantastic to be able to spend time with him.”

Mark’s previous work for DEFRA included monitoring bird movements around airports and potential wind farms, working on projects such as a new runway for Stansted Airport and wind farms in Scotland.

Prior to that, while at university, Mark was lucky enough to secure a summer job as a warden with the National Trust on the Farne Islands, eventually becoming head warden.

Mark has always had a passion for caring for people and has worked as carer at the David Lewis Centre plus a Cheshire County Council residential care home.

“I fully support people remaining in their own homes for as long as possible and the company’s whole ethos is just wonderful. I have some smashing clients.”

And Mark’s part-time role with Home Instead Macclesfield means that he can split his time between caring for the elderly and conservation.

Home Instead Macclesfield CAREgiver Mark Brown providing at home care visits to Sir Bernard Lovell

Home Instead provides care for adults in their own homes across Macclesfield, Congleton, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Chelford and Poynton and is seeking other compassionate, dependable individuals to join their growing team of caregivers.

Home Instead’s services are tailored to the needs of individual clients and range from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

To contact Home Instead in Macclesfield, please call 01625 616227 or for more information visit