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Couple celebrate Golden Wedding anniversary together in Cwmbran care home

A couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary together in their care home in Cwmbran

Marlene Groom moved into Thistle Court Care Home in Ty Canol in July 2022, and later that year, in November, her husband Gordon joined her,

Sarah Butfield, home manager of Thistle Court, said:  “It’s a good feeling to be able to offer Marlene and Gordon a room large enough so they can have a continuation of life, as would have done when living at home”.

It was an extra special day for Marlene as also celebrated her 82nd birthday.

A spokesperson for the care home said: “The team at Thistle Court came together to organise the celebration for Marlene and Gordon. Their room was decorated with birthday and anniversary banners, and home-made cakes were specially prepared for the occasion. As a touching gesture, the couple’s beds were pushed together so they could hold hands whilst the team read out well-wishes from relatives’ cards.

“Marlene, who is cared for in bed due to physical limitations, and Gordon chose to celebrate the special occasion within their room – demonstrating their preferences are valued and respected. Traditionally, there might be a perception that couples in care homes cannot live together in the same room due to individual care needs. However, Marlene and Gordon’s choice highlights the importance of individual preference as this fosters a sense of independence.”






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Couple celebrate Golden Wedding anniversary together in Cwmbran care home

Marlene and Gordon Groom
Marlene and Gordon Groom (Photo: Thistle Court Care Home)