A 91-year-old care home resident hasn’t let the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic get in the way of watching her granddaughter tie the knot over livestream.
Dot Bash – who lives in RMBI Care Co Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court in Essex – was unable to attend her granddaughter Kathryn’s wedding due to the government restrictions currently in place, but staff arranged for the wedding to be live-streamed directly to the home last Sunday.
This meant that she and other residents could still watch the ceremony all dressed up in their finery.
Speaking to Essex Live about the big day, Dot said: “I’m so grateful that the home was able to make this happen so I could see my granddaughter getting married.”
Kathryn was also able to see her grandmother the day before the wedding at the Stisted home’s COVID-secure visitor pod, but in an even more touching moment, the happy couple was also able to cut their wedding cake outside the care home’s building, with Dot watching from a window.
Kathryn said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that my nana and her fellow residents could join in my wedding.”
She continued: “It added an extra exciting dimension to the whole day and lasting memories to treasure.”
“It’s lovely that the home is doing so much.
“They’re having a three-course meal and canapes… they’re probably doing more than we are.”
Aggie McDonald – Manager at RMBI Care Co Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court – added: “We couldn’t bear the thought of Dot not being able to see her granddaughter getting married in real time.
“They’re such a close family, for her to miss it would have been heart-breaking.
“We were determined to make it special for her and it was lovely that our other residents were also able to enjoy such an uplifting event.”