Published: Friday 13th December 2019
Loughborough couple, Ray and Maureen Bullimore, are looking forward to spending Christmas back in each other’s arms following a move into Loughborough’s newest care home, Woodthorpe Lodge.
The couple met at Loughborough fair when Ray was aged 18 on leave from the RAF and Maureen was aged 16. Married in 1955, the couple haven’t ever spent more than a few days apart since their wedding.
Ray, 88, and Maureen, 85, were separated recently following a stay in the hospital for Ray and after visiting Woodthorpe Lodge’s open day, the couple set their sights on one of the homes large and luxurious suites to bring them back together. Ray and Maureen were the first residents to move into the home, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes.
Ray said: “In our last care home we had separate rooms and I would often fall asleep in the chair next to Maureen’s bed, just wanting to be close to her, so I am over the moon that we can now share a suite and be together all the time. I couldn’t ask for more, our suite is our new little home. Woodthorpe Lodge is lovely, very homely, staff are wonderful and everything is under one roof”.
Maureen said: “It was incredibly hard being separated whilst Ray was in the hospital - it is really important to us that we could continue to live side by side so when we saw the suite at Woodthorpe Lodge, we knew it was for us.”
Ray, a former accountant, and Maureen, previously a company secretary, Maureen believes the secret to a long and happy marriage is having no secrets. Ray adds: “Finding a woman like Maureen is the secret. She’s just always there for me.”
Preet Hundal, General Manager at Woodthorpe Lodge, said: ‘We are so pleased we could make Ray and Maureen’s Christmas wishes come true and reunite them in time to celebrate the festive season. We are delighted to spend Christmas with them at Woodthorpe Lodge and after 68 years of marriage, it’s no surprise that they couldn’t bear to be without each other.’