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Couple forced apart after 70 years together will be reunited in care – after 20,000 people backed their family’s campaign

Author: Leanna Aitken | Posted: 11th November 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


A hopelessly devoted couple forced apart after 70 years together will be reunited – after 20,000 people backed their family’s campaign. Jessie and Ray Lorrison had spent every day of their lives with each other after meeting in 1946.

Ray, a Merchant Navy cook and shop manager Jessie, married in North Tyneside in 1950 and went on to have three children. But when Jessie fell ill nine weeks ago, Ray, 95, was left living alone at Westoe Grange Care Home in South Shields, South Tyneside, while his wife, 88, was in hospital.

At first her family was warned that she did not meet the criteria to join her husband, but luckily South Tyneside council today resolved the situation – and she will be with him as soon as she is well again.

Jessie and Rays 41-year-old grandson, Lee Bates, quickly set up an online petition to reunite the pair, which saw 20,000 people back the call to bring them together.

The online plea from Lee, read: “My grandfather sits and waits for her every day – confused, anxious and lonely without the woman who has been by his side for 70 yrs.

“My grandmother misses her husband terribly and still wants to do what she can to care for him – even if it’s just sitting by his side holding his hand. It is cruel.”

It was backed by over 20,000 people on the site change.org, with the plea ‘end the inhumane treatment of an elderly couple’. His parents James, and the Lorrison’s daughter Cheryl, 60, were over the moon with the move. James, 66, said: “My wife is chuffed about it, we all are.

She cannot thank everyone enough for their support – we are still getting messages now. It shows the power of social media, and we are glad the council officials have changed their mind. We feel the social care people said some nasty things, which they should not have done.”

He added: “Ray is definitely aware that she is not there. You can see the difference in him.” Cheryl, of South Shields, who visited her mum in hospital yesterday, had been beside herself with desperation for the couple to live together.

“Why should they be apart after all this time? They haven’t even got that much time left together. My dad will be lucky if he gets another six months.”

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