An­gus and Agnes show age is no bar­rier to friend­ship

Young­ster and care home res­i­dent, 92, be­come best friends

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

The heart­warm­ing bond be­tween an Aberdeen­shire young­ster and a 92-year-old former teacher proves that friend­ship truly knows no bounds.

Six-year-old An­gus John­son met Agnes Rae three years ago when Roth­iemay and District Play­group vis­ited the Bal­housie care home in Huntly, and the pair in­stantly be­came pals.

They ini­tially struck up a bond sim­ply due to the sim­i­lar­ity of their names, and are now con­sid­ered to be “thick as thieves”.

An­gus’s mother, Deb­bie John­son, said: “An­gus started com­ing to Bal­housie as part of the nurs­ery’s in­ter-gen­er­a­tional visits.

“The fact that their names were sim­i­lar caused them both some hi­lar­ity, and they’re both very chatty, out­go­ing, happy peo­ple. They’ve been thick as thieves from day one.”

Mrs Rae is a re­tired pri­mary school teacher, who taught at Skene School near Westhill from the age of 22, and An­gus’s par­ents are both teach­ers.

The fam­ily pay reg­u­lar visits to the 92-year-old, and take her out for lunch or tea.

Mrs John­son added: “We try and see Agnes ev­ery four to six weeks.

“I have to give credit to Roth­iemay Play­group and Bal­housie for th­ese in­ter­gen­er­a­tional visits, which re­ally do break down age bar­ri­ers.

“If you ask An­gus who his friends are, he rat­tles off Agnes among the list of names that in­clude chil­dren his age. He doesn’t see Agnes as an older per­son. Age re­ally is no bar­rier for him.”

The firm friends re­cently took cen­tre stage at the open­ing of a new care ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity in Huntly. They cut the rib­bon on the new Mil­ton Mews de­vel­op­ment, which is a low-de­pen­dency ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing 10 suites which opened next to the care home.

Ni­cola San­der­son, home man­ager at Bal­housie, said: “Both Agnes and An­gus have a spe­cial con­nec­tion to the home so they were an ob­vi­ous choice for the rib­bon cut­ting of Mil­ton Mews. We’d like to thank them, and ev­ery­one else who sup­ported the open­ing, in­clud­ing Dean’s of Huntly who pro­vided a ham­per of good­ies as a prize.”

PALS: Agnes Rae, 92, and An­gus John­son, 6, struck up a friend­ship after Roth­iemay and District Play­group vis­ited Bal­housie Care Home

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