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I can hear the bells – care home residents surprised with recreation of son’s wedding

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Wedding bells were ringing at a care home in Dorset after a resident was surprised with a re-enactment of her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding after being unable to attend the big day.

81-year-old Shirley Schofield, who lives at Care UK’s Ferndown Manor, on Golf Links Road, was unable to accompany son Richard and now-wife, Vivienne on their special day, so the team at Ferndown Manor decided to surprise her by bringing the wedding to her instead. 


Richard and Vivienne arrived at the care home dressed to impress in their wedding outfits, where the home’s lifestyle team had pulled out all the stops with a special afternoon tea in the garden, complete with prosecco to toast the happy couple.

The newly married couple brought the same flowers and even the same vicar from their day to recreate it as closely to the real day as possible. 

The Care UK team invited residents and team members to attend the special ceremony in the home’s garden and the Head Chef created a spread of delicious food, including freshly cooked scones and sandwiches.

Sara Muslin, Home Manager at Ferndown Manor, said: “Seeing the huge smile on Shirley’s face was worth all the planning the family did in partnership with the home to create the memorable occasion!

“It was an afternoon filled with emotion - the happy couple were thrilled and Shirley was beaming with pride. We’re so pleased to help ensure Shirley was able to be part of such a special family milestone. We all wish the newlyweds the best in their future as a married couple!”


Ferndown Manor has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives in a luxury environment. The home provides full-time residential care, nursing care, dementia care and respite care. The care home also boasts its very own cinema and hair salon, and there is also plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation.

For more information about Ferndown Manor, please call Customer Relations Manager, Robin Hill, on 01202 070799 or email or visit

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110 Golf Links Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8DA

Ferndown Manor

  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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