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After nearly 80 years of close companionship, Kathleen Saville and Olive Woodward, two women in the UK, decided they had to live the last decade of their lives together. So, they moved into a care home together.
The pair, both 89, from Nottinghamshire in the UK met as 11-year-old school girls and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Kathleen told the BBC that the secret to their friendship is that neither of them like fighting. And as girls they both liked teasing boys.
“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,” Kathleen said. “We’re going to be friends in heaven.”
Olive admitted she’d become depressed living apart from her best friend.
The care home provider, HC-One, posted a story about the women on Facebook, sharing that Olive visited Kathleen at Berry Hill Park for lunch every Saturday to spend the day catching up, but the once-weekly visit wasn’t enough.
The pair have always lived a ten minute walk away from each other and the greater distance was proving too hard. So, Olive moved to be in the same facility as Kathleen six weeks ago.
“Olive enjoyed her visits to Berry Hill Park so much that she has decided to make it her new home, becoming a fellow Resident to her best friend Kathleen,” they shared.
“If I’m unhappy or in trouble I only have to go to Kathleen and we’ll always end up laughing,” Olive said.
Staff at the home have named them the ‘dynamic duo’.
“They never stop chatting and giggling,” manager Sally Tebbett told the BBC. “It’s so endearing, they genuinely love each other and you can see that.”