Chance encounter leads to sisters being reunited

20 January 2020

When retired farmer Ruth Christopher joked that she would like to milk a cow again at the age of 88, the staff at Bupa The Lindsay Care Home in Poole sprang into action to find a dairy farm that could make her wish come true. Little did she know, it would lead to a wonderful family reunion.

Local dairy Crib House Farm kindly offered to give Ruth a guided tour of their dairy facility but it was quickly discovered the farm was run by Ruth’s nephew, Tim.

Realising there was a chance for a family reunion, the home and farm made arrangements for a lunch with a big surprise - Ruth’s younger sister Nora Miller, 87 was going to be at the farm to greet Ruth. Due to their age and distance, Ruth and Nora had not seen each other for over two years and were overjoyed when they were finally reunited.

Nora said, “What a wonderful treat to have Ruth at the farm, I’m looking forward to her seeing how much it has changed and to have a good catch up with each other.”

Bianca Turner, Activities Lead at The Lindsay, said “What a small world! It was a pleasant surprise to find out Crib House Farm was run by a relative of hers. Watching Ruth react to seeing Nora after so long really tugged at the heart strings! There were tears all round.

Special occasions like this really make it worthwhile and at the Lindsay we always do our best to accommodate our resident’s wishes in any way possible. It’s important that they get the most out of life when staying with us.”

A homely lunch of cottage pie was served and the sisters began to reminisce over happy times they had spent at the farm, with Nora sharing images from their childhood.

Ruth added: “I am so grateful for being brought back to the farm; I can’t believe Nora was here too. It was such a beautiful surprise; it means so much to me to see my family again. I still can’t believe it.”

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