Golden Wedding Anniversary couple make home re-opening even more special

It was a special anniversary with a difference for one Golden couple as they were reunited for the first time in three months.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:34 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:40 am
John and Sandra

John Woods was the first indoor visitor to Bellshill’s Hatton Lea care home when he got the unexpected opportunity to join wife Sandra to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary together in style.

To help the celebrations go off with a bang on the big day, the care home’s staff pulled out all the stops to make it as special as possible.

Together they hosted the celebration in our Memory Lane Café which was filled with colourful celebration banners and balloons brought in by family and staff.

The kitchen team also baked a delicious cake which was accompanied by a range of snacks and glass of fizz too!

Sandra has been a resident at Hatton Lea for the last three months and this was the first time John was able to visit her indoors.

June Sugden, care home manager, said: “It was a wonderful celebration for Sandra and John.

“The staff were so glad to join them and have the chance to help make their big day so special.

"It was wonderful to see them enjoy it so much and have time together again.

“And it was a great feeling for all of us to see just how delighted both John and Sandra were to be reunited. Sandra had an absolute ball and was over the moon with all the compliments she received on the big day.

“John was also very appreciative of the effort staff had put in to make their visit special and he was especially touched as he hadn’t expected to be able to join Sandra in the home.

“The announcement that we could start opening up again was perfect timing.

"Our staff have worked very hard to make sure we open for visiting as safely as possible and it’s moments like this that make it incredibly special for our residents, their loved ones and staff.”

Trudi Marshall, nurse director, Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: “Hearing stories like John and Sandra’s is fantastic. “Care home staff have excelled themselves throughout this pandemic and have put in a gargantuan effort to not only keep residents safe but also celebrate all the special days which mean so much to residents.”