Thursday 12th May was a very special day for everyone at Risby Park nursing home as they all got to witness the renewal of wedding vows of Dilly and Bryan Tuck after 56 years of marriage.

The day was chosen by the bride and organised by the engagement team. The home was decorated inside and out with a white and pink theme which was complimented by the beautiful sunshine they were lucky to have. Dilly arrived at the home in a Mercedes Benz driven by Mark Smith (maintenance team) who also walked Dilly down the aisle. Bryan started the day with his best man Nick Fulger (support worker) sipping on champagne and getting himself suited for the occasion. The ceremony was led by a local vicar and was watched by residents and staff members of the home. Afterwards, Dilly, Bryan and their guests sat and enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the home’s catering team.

Bryan came to us at Risby Park nursing home in May 2015 for long term support with his care, who lives with dementia. Since then both Bryan and Dilly have become well valued and loved members of our family. Dilly comes to visit Bryan every day and contributes a great deal to all. The bond they have between them is so strong it empowers everyone in our community and it inspires us to love each other as a family, as we believe it should be within a long term care environment.

They met whilst Dilly had come to London from France to work as an au pair for a family that lived in the same building as Bryan. A year later Dilly moved back home to France and she soon realised Bryan was the one for her. He flew to St Malo in France to be with Dilly and meet her family, and a year later they were engaged and then married in October 1960. They then moved to Bury St Edmunds where they set up a life together.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week and we believe this story reflects how important love and support is no matter what life throws at you.

Congratulations to Bryan and Dilly and the amazing team.