‘I’ll go through anything to see my Ken’: devoted couple reunited after three months

Linda Winn leans across the table to greet her husband Ken Winn with senior support worker Katy Wils

Linda Winn leans across the table to greet her husband Ken Winn with senior support worker Katy Wilson. Pictures: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Archant

For decades, they were used to seeing each other every day.

Ken and Linda Winn celebrate with deputy manager Dragos Tagarcia. Pictures: Kingsley Healthcare

Ken and Linda Winn celebrate with deputy manager Dragos Tagarcia. Pictures: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Archant

Even when 87-year-old Ken Winn had to go into a care home, his wife Linda, 74, of North Walsham, was there each day to see the man she loves.

But lockdown resulted in a cruel separation, with the couple, who have been married for 44 years, unable to meet for three months - until now.

For Mr and Mrs Winn are among the first people to take part in a garden reunion at Mr Winn’s home, Heron Lodge Nursing Home on Norwich Road, Wroxham.

The garden reunions at Heron Lodge, which have to be booked in advance, involve careful social distancing and thorough cleaning between visits to protect residents from the virus.


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Mrs Winn said: “I am so pleased to finally see Ken again. I know I can’t for the time being, but all I want to do is reach over and give him a hug. I’ll go through anything to see my Ken.”

MORE: Social distancing fun and the best selling books of lockdownThe home’s wellbeing coordinator Karen Spinks said: “It’s an exciting day for staff too as we have missed all the relatives. They are part of the family.

“I have been facilitating regular phone calls for Ken to speak to Linda and have been sending her photos too. Linda does not have internet at home and has found this to be a lifeline.

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“Linda was so excited she almost ran in the garden to see Ken. She enjoyed a glass of Prosecco to celebrate the occasion.”

Maebh McCormack, manager of the Kingsley Healthcare home, said: “It’s been a long wait but we had to stop family visits to protect our residents. We are delighted to welcome families back and I have to pay tribute to their patience and understanding.

“I am also pleased to say we are now open to admit new residents again.”

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