There will be love in the air when romantic couples at a Sanctuary Care home make cards from the heart for Valentine’s Day.
The team at Bromsgrove’s Breme Care Home, which provides care for the elderly, including residential care and dementia care, has organised a magical day for John and Joan Tidmarsh and Christopher and Pauline Smith.
John and Joan met when Joan was sweet 16 – John’s boss asked if anyone was good at maths. John, then 18, offered his services – helping his daughter Joan with her homework.
John, now 88, said: “It was love at first sight.” In April they celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary.
Shortly after moving to Bromsgrove in the 1960s Joan, 86, fell ill with kidney stones. She had one kidney removed and was given just 18 months to live - her miraculous recovery still makes her laugh today.
The couple have two daughters, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Joan, who has Alzheimer’s, moved to Breme about two years ago.
Activities leader Helen Barron said: “John comes to see Joan every day, kisses her and tells her he loves her. They are so in love and are such a devoted couple.”
The romantic pair have secretly made Valentine’s cards for each other and will enjoy a candlelit dinner at the home.
Another couple looking forward to Valentine’s Day are Christopher and Pauline Smith, who moved to Breme in September.
They met at Wood Green High School in Wednesbury – where they were both teachers and wed 10 years ago.
When asked what she loved most about her husband, Pauline, aged 69 said: “His wicked sense of humour.”
Meanwhile Christopher, 81, said it was Pauline’s “gentleness and warmth”.
Helen added: “Christopher and Pauline are an amazing couple and their love is an inspiration to us all.”