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Care Home Residents Reunited After Years Apart

Siblings, William and Carrol, were reunited recently at Hazel Lodge care home in Battle, East Sussex, after spending years apart. William, 86, and his younger sister, Carrol, 84, found each other again at Hazel Lodge, and are now sharing many beautiful memories.

The siblings were born in Crofton Park in London during the war, Carrol was the baby of the family. She always looked up to William who was older and looked after her. Carrol worked in retail in London until she married a farmer and moved to Romney Marsh in Kent. William did his National Service in Kenya and later met his beautiful Irish wife, Veronica in Folkestone. They had four children. Back in London, William worked as a reporter for the Daily Mail before he later became a London cabbie.

William and Carrol last saw each other in 2019, Carrol helped William look after Veronica who had vascular dementia. Then the country went into lockdown and William was forced to isolate by himself.

Carrol moved to Battle to be close to family. She moved into Hazel Lodge in January 2023 and when William moved in a few months later they were reunited, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Now the siblings live on the same floor in Hazel Lodge and they spend lots of time catching up over coffee and cake together.

Carrol says: “It is so wonderful to find my big brother again after all these years and to be able to spend so much time together, we are so happy together reminiscing and creating new memories.”

Caroline Pulleyn, General Manager at Hazel Lodge, comments: “We are so delighted for William and Carrol, it was such a special moment when they were reunited again. Now they are inseparable, chatting away – making up for lost time! We are just so happy we were able to bring them back together.”