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Adorable penguins visit dementia patients at Lincoln care home

Three cheeky penguins waddled into a Lincoln care home as part of its dementia therapy on Tuesday afternoon. Residents and staff at Bernadette House care home were visited by Charlie (12), Pringle (6) and Groot (7 months) from Heythorp Zoological gardens in Oxfordshire. The excitement and happiness on the residents’ faces was clear to see as the penguins sat on their laps, wandered around with their trainer, and enjoyed fishy treats. Resident Barbara Lavington, 90, said it was a “lovely experience to be able to get as near to them as that” and Carol Sears, 76, added “I think they’re absolutely fantastic. It was just wonderful”. Care home owner Elizabeth Stephens said “We specialise in caring for people who live with dementia and animal therapy is very calming and therapeutic for them.”

Friends of 80 years move into same Mansfield care home

A pair of lifelong friends have moved in to the same care home together almost 80 years after they first met. Kathleen Saville and Olive Woodward, both 89, became friends as 11-year-old schoolgirls in 1941. They bonded over teasing boys and playing games and have stayed close friends ever since. Staff at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield, have dubbed them the “dynamic duo” and say you can still “see their love for each other”. Mrs Saville, who said she can “still pull the boys” and is “fighting for every minute”, believes the key to their long friendship was that neither like arguing. We knew we would always be friends when we met. She means a lot to me. If Olive goes first she’ll come back to fetch me,” she added. “We’re going to be friends in heaven.”