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Newlyweds visit groom's mother at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst to share their big day




A MOTHER who was unable to leave her care home to go to her son’s wedding was overjoyed when some of the big day celebrations came to her.

When Jean Judd’s son Stuart married Hannah at Ringwood register office, Covid restrictions prevented her from leaving Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst to see the happy union.

Determined that Jean not miss out, however, the couple drove straight to the Colten Care home after the ceremony to see her.

Jean Judd (front, centre) welcomed the wedding party to Woodpeckers' garden. Standing behind are (from left) Suzy Judd, bride and groom Hannah and Stuart Judd, and best man Ade Holman
Jean Judd (front, centre) welcomed the wedding party to Woodpeckers' garden. Standing behind are (from left) Suzy Judd, bride and groom Hannah and Stuart Judd, and best man Ade Holman

Staff, who included Stuart’s daughter and Jean’s granddaughter Suzy Judd, went all out to create the flavour of a wedding party.

After decorating Woodpeckers’ arched wooden gazebo with flowers, lights and drapes, they served champagne all round to mark the happy couple’s arrival.

Woodpeckers’ companionship team leader Jane Bunker said: “Jean was delighted to be involved in person.

“It was a moment of great pride for her to see her son and his beautiful bride.”

Suzy’s role of healthcare assistant is not the new couple’s only connection with Colten Care as Hannah works as a chef at Court Lodge in Lymington.

Her mother Janet also recently had a respite stay at Woodpeckers.

Having known each other in the past, train driver Stuart and Hannah reconnected when she was commissioned to make a cake for his parents’ wedding anniversary.

They originally planned to marry a year ago with a bigger ceremony and reception before the pandemic forced postponement, but they finally went ahead on the same date this year.

Ms Bunker continued: “This was a wedding party that didn’t need to worry about a cake.

“With Hannah being a professional chef at Court Lodge, she was only too pleased to make her own wedding cake. Everyone declared it to be delicious.”

Current government guidance, updated with step three of the lockdown easing roadmap on 17th May, states care home residents can only take certain trips out without having to self-isolate on their return.

These include outdoor activities without close contact with others, medical appointments and attending a day centre or place of worship.



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