Friends live yards apart – but this is first time they’ve met in five years

South Wales Echo - - NEWS - AMY COLES Reporter amy.coles@waleson­line.co.uk

THIS is the beau­ti­ful mo­ment two house­bound best friends were re­united af­ter five years – de­spite liv­ing just yards apart.

Pa­tri­cia Court, 87, and Chris­tine Kirk­patrick, 75, have lived op­po­site each other on Clifton Street in Adams­down, Cardiff, for more than 30 years.

Thanks to poor health they’ve been trapped in their homes for years, un­able to make the 10-me­tre trip across the road.

De­spite this the pair are so close they send each other flow­ers and choco­lates and speak on the phone nearly every day.

But they rely on the post­man to make the deliveries and only ever see each other when look­ing out of the win­dow.

That is un­til their car­ers de­cided to re­unite the pair.

Pat, who grew up in Clifton Street, said: “I do see Chris­tine in the win­dow. I knew her hus­band first and he used to take me over to see her be­fore he died. It’s been five years and I’ve not seen her.”

Chris­tine said: “I’ve not got dressed out of my py­ja­mas in two years. My daugh­ter came round at 8.30 this morn­ing to get me ready.

“I al­ways send Pat choco­lates be­cause I know she doesn’t eat much.

“We’ve been friends since I moved here af­ter get­ting mar­ried.

“My youngest daugh­ter was friends with her chil­dren.”

Both women clasped each other’s hands dur­ing the emo­tional re­union or­gan­ised by Qcare, the sup­port service which pro­vide car­ers for the pair.

Chris­tine’s steep step has stopped wheel­chair user Pat from get­ting to her house and Chris­tine, who has prob­lems breath­ing, can’t visit Pat who is a heavy smoker.

But thanks to gen­er­ous car­ers, who came in on their day off, they went to a Macmil­lan cof­fee morn­ing in Llan­rum­ney with other el­derly peo­ple who are cared for by the service.

Holly Dou­bler, branch man­ager at Qcare, said she wanted to or­gan­ise an af­ter­noon where some of their house­bound clients could get out.

Many of them have been house­bound for years and only ever see their per­sonal carer for half an hour a day.

She said: “This kind of event is not re­ally heard of be­cause it’s so com­pli­cated to or­gan­ise. Lots of them haven’t been out in years.

“We’ve asked a few of our service users if they can come down to our of­fice for events but many say they can’t, they can’t get out of the house.

“So I said how about we get some buses and car­ers on their days off to help. If it was not for my staff we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

Pat and Chris­tine were able to en­joy tea and cake, as well games of bingo at the John Reynolds Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

ROB BROWNE

Pa­tri­cia Court, left, and Chris­tine Kirk­patrick

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