A devoted couple who are both living with dementia have been reunited after being kept apart for months by Covid.

Roy and Una Timms have been married for 65 years. But Mrs Timms, 87, went into hospital in April with a health issue.

At the time Mr Timms was strictly forbidden from visiting her because of Covid restrictions.

Then after leaving hospital Mrs Timms moved into Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury for nursing care.

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But Mr Timms, 89, could not live without her and was becoming increasingly sad about their long separation and living apart.

So earlier this month, helped by the wider family, it was suggested that one way they could stay together would be if he could go along with her as a resident.

And so earlier this month he too moved into the care home to be alongside his beloved wife.

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To mark the heartwarming first moment the couple had seen each other in months, the team at the care home surprised them with a special lunch with a huge array of cakes and sandwiches and decorated the room with heart-shaped balloons.

They also took these lovely photographs to mark the special reunion that demonstrate the love and affection between the couple, who tenderly touched foreheads.

Head of Care at the home, which run by The Orders of St John’s Care Trust (OSJCT), Chris Sunga said: “The reunion was wonderful, happy, and emotional.

'No dry eyes'

“There were no dry eyes in the home.”

And home manager Lyndsay Sard added: “They spent the afternoon looking at their wedding album together and Una reminded Roy that he didn’t like white bread.

“Seeing Una and Roy together is wonderful. Roy especially had missed his wife during their time apart.”

The couple, who lived happily in Bloxham for many years, do not have children but they have a number of supportive nieces and nephews who helped to arrange for Mr Timms to be with his wife.

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Nephew Rodney Lewis said: “I’m glad to know they are together again as they have never been apart.

“They always do things together.”

Now after many months of not seeing each other, the happy couple are readjusting to their new lives back together for ever.

Staff said Mr Timms, who was a manager at the carpet factory in Bloxham, now receives residential care and visits his wife, a former office worker, in her room every day.

Ms Sard said: “It has been such an honour to support this and see them happy together.”

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