New graduate Rachel Skelly is following in her sister’s footsteps by becoming a doctor.
Elder sibling Linda graduated from Lancaster University’s Medical School in 2015 – and now so has Rachel too.
A spell in hospital as a teenager was the driving force behind her choice, but Linda has been hailed the inspiration behind where her sister studied.
She encouraged her to apply to Lancaster Medical School because she had enjoyed her time there.
Linda said: “I absolutely loved being at Lancaster – I would recommend the university, the course, the hospital to anyone.”
Both sisters wanted to become doctors from childhood, but were inspired in different ways.
Linda is now a trainee doctor in the NHS, with plans to train in anaesthesia.
As well as her medical degree, she has also taken an MSc in Health and Life Sciences at Lancaster.
Rachel said it was helpful having an elder sister following the same path.
She added: “I think it has been beneficial having a sister who has studied the same degree as she could provide me with some invaluable pointers and support when it was needed.
“Likewise, we have a better appreciation for each other’s work-life situation.”