Husband and wife of 67 years reunited in care home after months apart
A couple who have been married for 67 years have reunited in a heartwarming moment after they were separated for months due to coronavirus.
Video shows how they are overcome by seeing each other again and embrace.
Harry Wilsden, 91, can be seen fighting back tears as wife Doreen, 87, greets him with a hug and asks: ‘Is it really you?’
An emotional Doreen can then be heard saying: ‘I can’t believe it’s really Harry’.
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The couple were then seen walking hand in hand down the corridor together.
They were separated when Harry caught coronavirus and was taken to hospital.
Doreen moved into the Grange Care Home in Darlington as their family had planned, but Harry was unable to move in until he received the all-clear from the hospital.
After being given the green light by medics, the former postman was moved into the home where staff reunited him with his beloved bride.
Ann Holmes, their youngest daughter, said: ‘Everyone at The Grange has been so supportive, our parents are where they should be; safer together.’
Harry, the last survivor of eight siblings, met sixteen-year-old Doreen at the local youth club, shortly after returning from his National Service in Greece.
They wed in 1953 and have two daughters, Christine and Ann, and one granddaughter, Laura.
Doreen trained as a Nursery Nurse and worked at community special school, Mayfair School in Darlington.
Harry was a popular figure in the Darlington area, his family said.
He held various jobs, including postman, but the job he loved most was working as a fireman in the age of steam railways.
His daughters said one favourite anecdote was the time the train he was working on got stuck in the snow, in the middle of nowhere.
Granddaughter Laura, a qualified nurse who has worked throughout the pandemic caring for COVID patients, said: ‘They really are loves young dream – your care means everything!
‘Thank you from us all.’
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