Love is in the air

George and Muriel Bokota on Valentine’s Day at Linden House

Fifteen couples who live at our homes celebrated Valentine’s Day with romantic lunches specially arranged as a surprise by our care teams, companions and chefs.

The in-home diners were personally invited to sit down to homecooked Sunday roasts at private tables reserved just for them and decorated along Valentine themes.

Flowers, bubbly and chocolates were on hand as husbands and wives exchanged Valentine’s cards and greetings.

Among them were Fred and Iris Woodford, who enjoyed their first Valentine’s Day since celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary last year at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.

“Our Valentine’s lunch was lovely,” said Fred. “I’m as much in love with Iris today as I was when I first met her. We were both 15 when we met and we’ve spent more than 70 Valentine’s Days together in all.

“I took it for granted we would do the same this year, but the staff really made it an extra special occasion. We thank everyone who helped make it possible.”

There were similar sentiments from George and Muriel Bokota at Linden House in Lymington. The couple, who have been married for 67 years, sat down to roast lamb and all the trimmings followed by a rhubarb dessert.

The home’s Companionship Team Leader Chris Dimmick said: “We had kept the lunch date a surprise. George was delighted to see Muriel and be able to give her his card in person.”

Nine other homes laid on surprise Valentine’s lunches for couples: Belmore Lodge, Abbotts Barton, St Catherines View, Canford Chase, Brook View, Abbey View, Newstone House, Wellington Grange and Braemar Lodge.

Fred and Iris Woodford at Woodpeckers

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