This is the magical moment when Patricia and Peter Layhe were reunited after months apart to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
The staff team at Tabley House nursing home in Knutsford, Cheshire sprung into action after discovering resident Patricia’s special wedding anniversary was coming up, and hosted a private lunch for the Patricia and husband Peter to give them a day to remember.
Peter, 90, arrived with a bouquet of red roses for Patricia, 87, and staff who lined up to congratulate the pair admitted they cried tears of emotion at seeing them together.
The visit followed Covid-19 guidelines. Both Peter and Patricia had undertaken Covid-19 testing protocols and the home carried out a risk assessment to ensure other residents were safe.
With restaurants closed because of the lockdown, Tabley House staff transformed a visitors’ room into a romantic restaurant, decorating the table with strings of lights and hearts, while the catering team prepared a three-course lunch for the couple. Peter and Patricia also blew out the candles on a homemade anniversary cake and they were presented with a card and a bouquet of flowers from the Tabley House team. The day was capped off with a video call from their children.
Afterwards, Peter, of Wilmslow, Cheshire said: “We were both blown away by kindness of the Tabley House team in making our day such a special one. I want to offer them my sincere thanks for a memorable wedding anniversary. It made for a delightful lunch in most difficult times.”
Karen Lynskey, Registered Manager at Tabley House said: “We had a lovely day celebrating Patricia and Peter’s milestone wedding anniversary. We are so pleased that we could arrange for them to see each other on their special day, and it made us very tearful. They are very loving, supportive of each other and an inspiration to us all. We are honoured to have been part of their big day.”
“We wanted to do all we could to make sure their special day is memorable, and the couple could celebrate the milestone together in a safe environment. We all wish them many congratulations.”