Meet the Covid testers who found love at the Lighthouse lab in Milton Keynes

They met during the first lockdown and now have a baby on the way!

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:30 pm

A couple who met while working at MK's Covid testing lab are expecting a baby together.

Aaron, 33, and Chloe, 24, were both recruited to work testing Covid samples at the lab when it opened at Tilbrook during the first lockdown last year.

Aaron, who comes from Bakewell, told the Guardian: "I’m a biomedical PhD student. After my lab closed during the first lockdown, I answered the call and volunteered to work at the Milton Keynes lighthouse laboratory conducting qPCR testing on Sars-CoV-2 swab samples. I thought I’d only be here for a few months, but we’re still here.

Aaron and Chloe. Photo: social media
Aaron and Chloe. Photo: social media

"When I started in the lab, we were split into four groups and I joined team three. A few of us car-shared between our hotel and the lab and we became friends. This was how I met Chloe, a final-year biomedical science student at the University of Hull."

When the lockdown eased last summer, a group of the workers went on a trip to climb Snowdon in Wales. Chloe and Aaron got separated from the others during the climb and spent the day together.

"We spent more and more time together from that day onward. We are still testing, but have now moved out of the government-sponsored hotel and into a lovely flat," said Aaron.

"We have a surprise baby on the way, who is due on my mum’s birthday. My mum passed away 23 years ago, so I hope the baby is on time."

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