Kingfisher Court residents, Dorothy and Stewart, are reunited in the home’s new social distancing room for their 59th wedding anniversary
Kingfisher Court have created a new social distancing visiting room to allow residents to safely be reunited with their loved ones. The garden room, which has an external door leading out to the grounds of the home, has been divided down the middle by a perspex screen.
The room was officially opened this week by a very special couple, Kingfisher Court ‘love birds’, Dorothy and Stewart who are celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary.
The couple met at a weekly dance group in Oldham, Lancashire. Stewart was with his two friends, who both had girlfriends, which left Stewart on his own so he eventually got the courage to ask Dorothy out. They were together for 18 months before they got married and they lived together in Fitton Hill, Oldham. The couple went on to have two daughters Janet and Carole. Dorothy said, “Stewart is very talkative whereas I have always been a good listener.” Dorothy worked at an electrical engineer’s company checking meters and Stewart’s first job was at Boots before he went on to be a Pharmacist in Oldham.
To mark their anniversary, the thoughtful team at Kingfisher Court wanted to reunite Stewart, who has been a resident since November 2018, with his wife Dorothy who is currently isolating, having moved into the home recently for two weeks respite care, in their new social distancing room. An intimate dinner and drinks were prepared for them by the home’s catering team and the room, which has a view of the fabulous landscaped garden, was also decorated with balloons, banners, confetti, and fresh flowers by the home’s lifestyle team.
Stewart and Dorothy were overwhelmed with the surprise and delighted to be reunited for their special day.
Jeremy Dignum, Home Manager at Kingfisher Court said, “What a wonderful way to open our new safe visiting room, with Dorothy cutting the ribbon and enjoying her 59th anniversary with her husband Stewart. They had not been able to visit or be together since February. Together they exchanged cards and gifts, enjoyed a buffet tea and anniversary cake and toasted their long marriage with champagne. Our visiting room will be used on Sunday for ‘Father’s Day’, and will be available for bookings from next week.”
Tracy Hickman, Home Admissions Advisor, added, “Stewart looked very smart in his shirt and tie, which he chose especially for the occasion and joined in with the flower arranging activity earlier in the week so he could give Dorothy some flowers. Stewart, who was in the room first, had tears in his eyes and was blowing Dorothy kisses when she entered the room. It was lovely to see them exchanging anniversary cards, enjoying their meal and a chilled glass of prosecco together to celebrate.”