This is the moment two best friends in their 90s who lost touch during the pandemic were reunited – when they both moved into the same nursing home.
Audrey Young, 93, and Fred Gumn, 96, lived next door to each other for many years before Audrey moved into Winton House nursing home in 2020.
And due to the Covid pandemic, the pair were unable to see each other for over a year.
The pair, who met while working at Fred’s family’s printing business, had sadly lost touch.
That was until Fred decided he also wanted to be placed in Winton House recently, which specialises in bespoke dementia care.
But he was unaware Audrey was already living there, and got the shock of his life when he saw his old pal once again.
Naomi Cornelius-Reid, managing director of the Amesbury Abbey Group, which runs Winton House, said: “The moment they saw each other again was so unbelievably heart-warming.
“We managed to capture it on film and if ever the phrase a picture speaks a thousand words were true, it is now.
“The moment they first set eyes on each other after so long was disbelief and pure joy.
“It was just completely beautiful.”
Audrey and Fred lived next door to each other in the Hampshire village of Over Wallop near Stockbridge before Audrey moved into Winton House.
They were both married to partners who’ve sadly passed away, with Audrey not having children and Fred having seven.
The Amesbury Abbey Group has three stately homes in Hampshire and Wiltshire, offering a luxury retirement alongside a strong commitment to the best quality nursing and dementia care.
Amesbury Abbey in Wiltshire and Sutton Manor in Hampshire offer independent retirement properties in the grounds of beautiful country house care homes, while Winton House in Hampshire specialises in dementia care.