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Befriending On Valentine’s Day

Age Space charity partner, Time To Talk Befriending, share a story of the importance of befriending and companionship on Valentine’s Day.

Bill and Dorothy met for the first time in 1954 whilst working at a brewery office in Liverpool. Bill was an accountant and Dorothy was awaiting to turn 18 to start her nursing studies.

They used to always go out on Valentine’s Day, and both reminisce now about the old days going to see the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. “It was always a big day. We used to give each other loads of presents and go out for a nice meal”, Dorothy explained.

They can’t go out very often anymore due to Bill’s poor mobility, but this year we took them out to see a school musical with other Time to Talk Befriending scheme members. It was a musical organised and performed entirely by the students at Hove Park School. “We had a great time. I can’t remember having so much energy when I was that age, it was like a tonic!”

They also went for a nice meal with their family recently to celebrate their 65th anniversary. They have a daughter who lives in Hove, reason why they moved down here. Their son, who lives in Hong Kong, came all the way from Asia to celebrate such occasion.

They might not go out to the theatre these days, or Bill might ask his daughter to get a Valentine’s Day card for Dorothy. Either way, they are still spending Valentine’s Day together and that is what really matters.