Sarah travels the length of Britain for her mother’s
90th birthday

SAFE REUNION. Liz Thompson, right, celebrates her 90th birthday in her bedroom at Castle View with her daughter, Sarah Burnett, who travelled all the way from Edinburgh. The half-hour visit took place in line with policies on physical distancing and use of PPE.

Our Dorchester home Castle View hosted a Covid-safe, half-hour visit from a resident’s daughter who made an astounding 860-mile round-trip to wish her mum a happy 90th birthday.

Sarah Burnett travelled from Edinburgh to see Liz Thompson before the second lockdown was announced in Scotland and England.

The visit was the first time the pair had been together in months and was held fully in line with the home’s safe-visiting procedures.

Sarah said: “The staff at Castle View have been genuinely caring all the way through lockdown and were so lovely about helping to make this happen. I can’t thank them enough.”

Liz, a former English teacher and a keen classical pianist, said: “I had decided not to make a fuss about my 90th and had assumed no-one was coming, so it was great to see Sarah.  It was a real surprise when she told me she was going to make the trip. She came a long way for such a short time.”

Sue Goodwin, Companionship Team Member, said: “The saying goes that you should keep the company of those who would travel hours to spend only one with you. This was certainly the case for Liz and Sarah.

“It was a privilege to host Sarah’s visit from the other end of the country and enable the pair of them to see each other again in safety and with joy and laughter. It was such a special occasion.”


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