Married couple switch on lights at Millbeck
A married couple who have been married for 69 years will be switching on the Christmas lights at their care home in Stockton-on-Tees on Thursday (5 December) to launch their festive activities.
John and Connie Boagey, both 93, who live at Millbeck care home in High Street, Norton, said they were thrilled to be chosen to turn on the lights as part of Anchor’s Brighten Up Your Local Community event.
More than 100 homes across the country run by the care home charity will be turning on their lights on Thursday.
Great-grandmother Connie, who has lived with John at Millbeck since 2007, said she was looking forward to turning on the lights as it reminded her of when she, John and their son and daughter used to celebrate Christmas when they were younger.
She said: “It’s been lovely that John and I have been able to celebrate 69 Christmases together.
“The secret to our long marriage is that we have always shared the responsibilities in the home, such as preparing the food for the Christmas dinner, and have always done everything together. That’s why it means so much to me that John and I can live together in the same care home. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Millbeck Manager Debbie Dowd said all the residents love Christmas and turning on the Christmas lights was a great start to the festive activities.
She said: “All of Anchor’s care homes across the country will be turning on the lights on the same day so we’re thrilled John and Connie will be the guests of honour. It will be such a wonderful day, especially as the residents love to sing carols around the tree.
“It’s important to organise meaningful activities for our residents as these boost their mental and physical well-being as well as being fun!”
For more information on Millbeck, contact 0800 731 2020.
Photocaption: John and Connie Boagey with CarerTracy Ranby decorate Christmas tree and turn on lights at Millbeck care home.