An elderly couple separated for four months due to a hospital stay have been reunited in a loving moment where they shared a “kiss and cuddle”.
Gemma, 77 and Ronald Smith, 80 finally got to be together again after being separated due to illness.
In July this year, Gemma fell ill and was admitted to hospital. Ronald, who was living in a care home in Kent then decided that he would move to the Harts House Bupa Care Home in Woodford Green, East London.
The area of Woodford Green of is where the couple first met so Ronald thought moving back to familiar surroundings would be beneficial.
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“While it was lovely making new friends at Harts House, I missed Gemma very much and couldn’t wait to be by her side again”, he said.
Fortunately for Ronald, he didn’t need to make any more new friends for much longer.
On October 22, Gemma was discharged from the hospital. She then took the decision to move into the care home and be reunited with her husband.
“When I saw Gemma again, it was like seeing her for the first time, my heart skipped a beat. The first thing we did when we saw each other was kiss and have a lovely cuddle,” Ronald adds.
Gemma said, “I’m so thrilled to be with him again at our new home at Harts House. It’s a brand-new chapter for us.”
A new chapter in a story that started in 1967 when the couple first met.
They met at a local badminton club and it was love at first sight for the couple.
All it took was 10 days as Ronald proposed to Gemma. After a few months and countless marriage proposals, Gemma said yes. Nine months later, they were Mr and Mrs Smith.
“Ron has always been a romantic. We fancied each other from the day we met. He took me to the pictures and a car show on our first date. From then on, I knew he was one of a kind.”
Over the past 54 years, they’ve had five children together, Claire, Gabrielle, Catherine, Andrew and Phillippa.
The next chapter in their story is to now make new memories at Harts House.
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Harts House is a residential care home by Bupa which welcomes residents in need of nursing or residential care.
Annette Hill, who is the Resident Experience Manager at Harts House has been following the love story ever since Ronald moved in.
“Ron always talked about Gemma before she joined us at Harts House. It was extremely heart-warming to see them reunited and we’re pleased to bring them together again.
“Even after a short time, we can tell they are wonderful characters and a great addition to our home. We’re looking forward to caring for the couple and seeing them enjoy their time together at Harts House.”
Bupa’s aim has been to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.
For the Smiths’ they’ve come full circle returning back to the area where it first started.
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