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Making a difference: Maureen Marrey found that launching a business helped get her life back on track

Making a difference: Maureen Marrey found that launching a business helped get her life back on track

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A WIDOW who struggled to cope with her husband’s death has found a new lease of life after launching a website.

Maureen Marrey, 67, came up with the idea for Mojoodeals, a site promoting discounts and special offers for small and medium-sized businesses and tradesmen after losing her husband, Pat, to cancer in 2012.

Following his death, Mrs Marrey found it difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as gardening and plumbing, which Pat, an electrician, usually dealt with.

After trawling the Internet for affordable local services, she found there was a lack of sites offering discounts for everyday services.

Mrs Marrey, a retired childminder, said: “Websites like Groupon and Wowcher are great, but all I wanted was everyday services where I could save money.”

With spare time on her hands, and with the help of her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs Marrey launched Mojoodeals in January.

The website provides consumers with a wide choice of services, including electricians, cleaners, beauty salons and personal trainers, all advertising their special offers and discounts, with a separate category offering for students and OAPs.

Unlike other classified websites, businesses can only advertise on moojoodeals.co.uk if they have a discount to offer.

Mrs Marrey hopes her entrepreneurship will inspire other pensioners to set up their own businesses.

She said: “Life has been difficult after the death of my beloved husband of 20 years but I knew that I needed to find a purpose, something which would keep my mind active and make a difference to people’s lives.”

She added: “The challenge of retirement is to make a difference outside of work to your family, community or in developing your own skills or consciousness. So, whatever you do, give yourself a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”

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