A loving elderly couple who were separated by illness have been reunited in time to celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary.
Noreen and Bill Patient from Bourne, who are totally devoted to each other, are now both living in the town’s Abbey Court Care Home after dementia sufferer Noreen, 93, was moved there from the nearby Qu’appelle residential home.
Bill, 89, moved to Abbey Court in December after being discharged from Peterborough City Hospital with just a short time to live. But after Noreen moved to the room opposite him, the couple have both rallied and Bill’s goal now is to reach their 65th wedding anniversary next year.
The couple, originally from Essex, moved to Bourne 17 years ago and have been loyal members of the town’s Methodist Church and keen charity fundraisers ever since.
On Tuesday, which was their anniversary, their visitors included the Rev Daniel Mwailu from Bourne, who is superintendant Methodist minister for South Lincolnshire and also Deepings’ Methodist minister the Rev Ann Bossingham.
On Wednesday a full ‘church service’ was held in Bill’s room with the minister from their wedding 64 years ago, the Rev Douglas Ford, playing the hymns from their original big day.
The service was followed by a party for family and friends.
A former ironmongery salesman, Bill said they had always loved Bourne. “We wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” he said.
“We’ve always shared everything. Everything has always been ‘ours’, not his or hers and we’ve never kept anything from each other.”