The BBC recently shared this heart-warming video of John and Celia celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
John: “When she smiles the whole world bursts into sunshine and that I cannot resist.”
Celia: “He’s a real action man and I love him with all my heart.”
Here at Four Seasons Health Care we are lucky to be able to share special moments like these with our residents and their loved ones. Over the past year, we have written hundreds of news stories celebrating our residents’ anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions (even weddings!). It’s safe to say that in a Four Seasons care home - there’s a lot of love…
One of the stories we remember fondly is from Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside. In March this year we shared the story of two of our residents who reached their sapphire wedding anniversary, Mr and Mrs Burnett.
Stanley first met Elsie at the Marquie dance in Millfield in 1949. Elsie tells us that Stanley was lucky it was ladies choice as another gentleman was also competing for her affections that night. Elsie asked Stanley to dance and the rest is history! They married in 1952 and were blessed with two daughters Lorna and Moira.
After 65 years together we asked them what their secret is! Elsie said: “We both have had our ups and downs like any other couple, but it was 65 happy years”
Stanley added: “We’ve never really had a row, but I am proud of Elsie because with me being away every week years ago because of my job, she has raised well our two daughters. We have lots of good memories together and as a family.”
In honour of this momentous occasion Elsie and Stanley’s family and friends came to celebrate. Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “It was great seeing Stanley and Elsie happy on their special day, we at Laurels Lodge wish them both more happy years together.”
It’s not just our residents who enjoy the celebrations, our colleagues across the country love to play cupid and help make these moments memorable.
Richard White, Home Manager of Cedar Court Care Home in Abbeywood explains how our colleagues make sure these occasions are made extra special, “… we also really try if we’ve got someone’s partner, husband or wife here, things like Valentine’s day we make a big thing, we invite their spouse in for a three course meal, the staff wait on them, we do a room up where they’ve got hearts, flowers and stuff like that… we try and make it special for them. And anniversaries (too)… so I think you get back… what you give.”
Thank you too all of our residents for letting us be a part of your special celebrations.