Friends live yards apart – but this is first time they’ve met in five years
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.
Patricia Court, left, and Christine Kirkpatrick