Nursing home welcomes couple’s wedding

Joy Brockway, 87, delighted that the newley married Helen Boggs, her husband, Will and bridesmaids and sisters Emma and Amy,  recreated the event at Pinewood nursing home. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130736-1

Joy Brockway, 87, delighted that the newley married Helen Boggs, her husband, Will and bridesmaids and sisters Emma and Amy, recreated the event at Pinewood nursing home. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130736-1

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A WEDDING came to a nursing home as a couple ensured the whole family was included in their special day.

Will Boggs and Helen Brockway married at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, however Helen’s grandmother Joy Brockway was too frail to attend.

She is a resident at the Pinewood Nursing home in Chidham.

“My mum, being in a nursing home, was not well enough to be able to go to the wedding,” said Jane Timpson, Joy’s daughter and Helen’s aunt.

“Me and the bride came up with the idea of seeing how she could involve her grandmother.”

They had the idea of bringing the wedding to Joy the following day.

Bride, groom and bridesmaids were all present in all their finery – and it all came as a complete surprise to 86-year-old Joy, who turns 87 in July.

“Pinewood were very enthusiastic at the idea straight away,” said Jane. “I asked them to keep it a surprise.

“They supplied some champagne for us and the other residents and also there was a vicar and he gave a blessing.

“It was absolutely brilliant. The wedding was great the day before and everybody loved it at Pinewood.”

The couple had been together for ten years prior to the wedding and first met at school in Waterlooville.

They are currently honeymooning in Hawaii – also stopping in New York and San Francisco. They live in Southsea.

Speaking after the event Shirley Lawrence, quality assurance supervisor at the home, said: “It was a great thing to do and everyone couldn’t believe it. You don’t see it very often.

“A good time was had by all. It was an absolutely beautiful atmosphere.”

Speaking of Joy, she said: “First of all she was a bit shocked. After they had completed the blessing everyone broke out and cheered and clapped.

“They just looked so lovely,” she added of the couple.

Will and Helen married on Thursday, May 30, and were at the nursing home during the afternoon of Friday, May 31.