Profiles - Women aged under 60
Tina is divorced with an adult daughter. She trained and worked in nursing until age 27 when she had to stop work after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and classed as disabled.
Justine works as a self-employed lorry driver for a recycling company, so her job involves a lot of walking and heavy lifting. She is married, no children. Ethnic background: White British.
Joanne works part-time as a lecturer in further education. She has bipolar disorder and has been taking lithium for many years to help even out her moods. She lives with her husband, they have no children. Ethnic background: White British.
Jackie is married with three adult children. She works in NHS service improvement. Ethnic background: White British.
Lesley is divorced with two adult children. She has retired early from managing a charity shop due to the combined effects of several chronic health conditions, including fibromylgia, arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Ethnicity: White British.