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Twins, 92, reunited after Covid lockdown separates them for first time in years

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Twins who were separated for the first time in decades by the Covid lockdown have been reunited.

Minnie Walks and Patrick Speed, 92, have seen each other again in Hull, East Yorkshire, with both having received their two doses of the coronavirus vaccination.

Patrick said: "Life is back to normal now as we've always been together and always lived close together, we were born together and we are back together.”

Minnie added: "We cried when we saw each other. We accepted it, as we had to, but it's great to see him again.

“We are full of joy to be back together after such a long year.”

The emotional moment the two were reunited was caught on camera as the two were discovered to be in different units of the same care home.

Carers who witnessed the tender moment were reduced to tears as the long-awaited reunion unfolded in front of them.

Liza Beukes, managing director of We Care Group, which owns the Salthouse Haven care home, said: "Minnie and Patrick's reunion was a very emotional moment that has left all those watching with tears in their eyes.

"As soon as we learned that Minnie and Patrick were twins living in the same home but separate units, we decided to move them together.

"A very much needed moment of joy after such a long and difficult year for our residents.”

The pandemic has forced many families to isolate away from one another and there has been a spurt of emotional reconnections as restrictions have been slowly lifted and the vaccine rollout has been pushed forward.

Specific rules surrounding care homes, after lessons learnt from the difficultly tragic early months of the pandemic, have made reunions between the elderly relatives even harder.

After finally being reunited the care home's activity co-ordinator Chantelle Musgrove said: "It was really nice to see, I didn't expect everyone to cry. It was nice to know they have normality.

“It's important for people's emotional wellbeing to reunite with siblings and family members.”

  • Family
  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown

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