Care home resident shares message with wife on anniversary

8th April 2020

While some residents have been able to enjoy celebrations with friends in their care homes, one resident had to share his 64th wedding anniversary over the internet.

John Eveleigh, 88, a resident at Kenwith Castle care home in Bideford, had to spend his first wedding anniversary apart from his wife, Shirley, in over six decades, due to coronavirus restrictions.

However, with the help of staff at the home, John was able to share a special message with his wife and family. The message read: “Happy anniversary Shirley. Lots of love, John xxx”

John also received a card from Shirley ahead of their special day, which he kept with him all day, even while enjoying some time in the care home’s ground and meeting the local peacocks that roam the grounds.

John’s message was greeted with a string of comments of support on Facebook from people hoping the pair get to see each other again soon.

Kenwith Castle is a CQC ‘Outstanding’-rated residential and dementia care home based in Bideford, north Devon, managed by not-for-profit charity Care South.

Staff at Kenwith Castle, along with other Care South homes across the south of England have been working tirelessly to keep residents connected with loved ones while visits are restricted.

Other residents have shared their written messages online with friends and family, while many who are able have been making use of tools such as Skype and FaceTime with the help of staff.