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22nd February 2016

Care home group makes dreams come true as teen sweethearts are reunited

Hallmark Care Homes' 'lucky star' competition inviting residents to make a Christmas wish has resulted in a reunion for two former teenage sweethearts.

Tony Parkins, 87, who lives at the Anisha Grange care home in Essex, entered the Christmas competition and wished to see ex-girlfriend Grace Duffin, 85, who lives in north London.

The pair had first met at a youth club in 1947 and were teen sweethearts. They each went on to marry other partners but they remained good friends - although sadly they hadn't seen each other for 20 years due to mobility issues.

Tony's wish to meet up with Grace again came true when she was chauffeur-driven to a lunch date after Tony's name was picked as the 'lucky star' competition winner.

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