Mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of five, Margaret Ritchie (96), celebrated this Mother’s Day in style following the easing of care home visiting restrictions.
The Renaissance Care Beech Manor resident rose a glass with fellow residents over an afternoon tea to mark the first Mothering Sunday since seeing her children in person for the first time in a year. The celebrations continued as Margaret also received a visit from daughter Hether, allowing for a very special Mother’s Day following months of restrictions.
Margaret met her late husband Ian while nursing him back to health from a war injury at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The couple had their first home in Kanpur, India before moving to Pakistan where three of their four daughters were born.
Daughters Pamela, Fiona and Hether were later joined by siblings Jane and Dougal when the family moved back to India to enjoy Ian’s retirement. It was not long until the large family uprooted and moved back to sunny Scotland where Margaret has enjoyed seeing her family grow.
Throughout the pandemic Margaret has been keeping in touch with her children and their families over Facetime.
Margaret was over the moon to have received her first indoor visits last week from Fiona and Pamela who live locally and were able to drop of Mother’s Day gifts ahead of the afternoon tea celebration.
Margaret said: “It’s been a long year without seeing my family, but it was fantastic to be able to give my daughters a cuddle. As my other children live further away, I have been unable to see them yet, but the staff have been great at helping keep us all in contact throughout the year over Facetime.
“The afternoon tea put on by the home was really special and it felt good being able to celebrate Mother’s Day properly with gifts, flowers and cakes.”
Residents at Beech Manor Care Home are able to receive two indoor visitors a week in keeping with the latest government guidance.