Special Surprise For Diamond Wedding Couple At Suffolk Care Home

Britten Court resident Olive Gooch enjoying her special wedding anniversary meal, with kitchen assistant Karmal Dejedda.Care UK colleagues have been going the extra mile at Britten Court care home in Lowestoft, after setting-up a special surprise for 82 year-old resident Olive Gooch and her husband Tony on their diamond wedding anniversary.

Olive and Tony Gooch enjoyed a wonderful three-course meal, specially prepared by head chef Darren Lunnis. Kitchen assistant Karmal Dejedda dressed as a waiter for the occasion and a private dining table was set up for the couple, which was decorated with candles and flowers. Olive and Tony were thrilled with the surprise and amazed at how the Britten Court team pulled out all the stops to help them celebrate their special day.

Britten Court head housekeeper Sarah Emery, who helped arrange the surprise, said: “Tony visits Olive four times a week and it’s heart-warming to see how much they are still in love after all these years. My colleagues and I were keen to help make their wedding anniversary an extra-special occasion, and we are delighted that they both had a wonderful day together.”

Olive and Tony Gooch married in St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft 60 years ago, and they have lived locally ever since. Olive moved from Care UK’s Stradbroke Court care home, where she had lived for two years, to the new Britten Court home on Love Road in the town when it opened in December 2014. Olive has settled in well and is enjoying her new surroundings, including making new friends and spending time in the home’s coffee shop when Tony visits.