A couple separated for months by the Covid pandemic were brought back together to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
Care home resident Evelyn Robinson, 83, was able to spend the special day with her beloved husband Colin, 89, by her side.
With Covid restrictions now allowing for visits from one person, staff at Astune Rise Care Home, in Eston, North Yorkshire, got to work setting up the perfect tear-jerking reunion.
They even appealed to the local community to send cards to the happy couple and were astounded when over 100 arrived, including some from across the world, as well as a letter from the Queen, reports Teesside Live.
Manager Caroline Bowstead said seeing Evelyn and Colin back together allowed everyone to forget about the hardships of the last year.
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“These kinds of occasions don’t happen very often, so I’m over the moon we were able to give Evelyn and Colin this special day despite everything that is going on in the world at the moment,” she said.
“Even for a short period of time, all the difficulties and heartbreak of the past year seemed to disappear from all of our minds by seeing how happy they both were to be reunited and celebrated.”
The couple were excited to see each other but had no idea about the cards, gifts, three-course meal and champagne that was organised for them too.
Caroline said her team put in a lot of effort to make sure everything was Covid-secure but admitted it was hard keeping it all a secret.
“Our staff were exceptional and went above and beyond to make Evelyn and Colin feel like royalty for the day,” she said.
“I’ve never seen a couple so dedicated to one another, and it’s been really difficult for them to be apart, so they thoroughly deserved it.”
Pupils from nearby Whale Hill Primary School also sent handmade ribbon wreaths to display on their doors.
Evelyn moved into the home last summer and this was the first time the couple had been able to hold hands since then.
The couple’s daughter, Diane Hoy said: “The anniversary celebrations were such a brilliant and emotional day for my mam and dad and even us at home seeing photos of them together again looking so happy.
“They’re both still on cloud nine,” she added.
As Diane has worked in care homes herself, she understands how busy the staff are and she was blown away by the time and effort they had put into making the day special.
Staff at Astune Rise helped Evelyn get ready, including doing her hair, makeup, nails and giving her a fascinator to look the part.
Diane said: “She looked amazing and said she felt like the Queen.
“I’d like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who spent time and money sending cards and gifts.”
Colin had even made a mixtape of their favourite songs which they listened to during their meal.
The doting husband then serenaded his wife with a rendition of Can’t Help Falling Love.
Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Mary Ovens, meanwhile, took a card and gift on behalf of Redcar and Cleveland Council.
Cllr Ovens said: “It is wonderful to see this amazing reaction to their story which has lightened the hearts of so many of us during the lockdown.”