Two Surrey-based residents at Sutton Lodge Bupa Care Home could not believe their eyes as the former neighbours were reunited for the first time in over 50 years.
Pat Jocelyn, 92, and Dianne De’Geatano, 83, were childhood friends and neighbours from Molesley. The two grew up together and often chatted on Spreighton Road, where they lived. The ladies were good friends until Dianne moved away to her first adult home on Walton Road and the duo lost contact.
That was until earlier this year, when they were brought together again as Pat moved to Sutton Lodge. Dianne had been a resident at the care home for two years before she was reunited with her old friend.
The former neighbours were overwhelmed when they first saw each other again. Talking of the reunion, Dianne said: “When I first saw Pat, I just could not believe it. She knew me straight away and the memories from our childhood came flooding back. Honestly, it was an out of this world feeling.”
Pat echoed her surprise, stating: “When I saw Dianne it was unbelievable. She looks so good, I recognised her instantly. I am so happy that she is living here, it is great to have a familiar face in my new care home. We knew each other many years ago so we have a lot to catch up on.”
Karen Raggett, Home Manager at Sutton Lodge Bupa Care Home, said: “One of the best parts about working at a care home is watching friendships grow and building relationships between staff and residents.
“We were so happy to find out Pat and Dianne knew each other. It has been lovely watching them catch up regularly and reminiscing about their childhood.”