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Old photo helps reunite Manor Park care home resident with long-lost sister

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 October 2020 | UPDATED: 08:02 01 October 2020

A photo of sisters Maureen Laurie and Pat Degenio before they lost contact 40 years ago. Picture: Conteur / HC-One

A photo of sisters Maureen Laurie and Pat Degenio before they lost contact 40 years ago. Picture: Conteur / HC-One

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A Manor Park care home resident has been reunited with her long-lost sister after a serendipitous find.

Mornington Hall resident Maureen Laurie was reunited with her long-lost sister after a staff member found an old photo on the ground. Picture: Conteur / HC-OneMornington Hall resident Maureen Laurie was reunited with her long-lost sister after a staff member found an old photo on the ground. Picture: Conteur / HC-One

Mornington Hall resident Maureen Laurie, 82, hadn’t seen her sister Pat Degenio, 78, since they lost contact 40 years ago, but that changed when the home’s wellbeing co-ordinator Lindy Renaud stumbled across an old photo on the floor.

Not knowing who it belonged to, she called a phone number that was written on the back.

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To her surprise, Lindy was greeted with shock by a woman who turned out to be Pat, who lives in Bristol.

They arranged a video call for the sisters and, after tears of joy and reminiscences of happy memories, plans were made for Pat to visit when pandemic restrictions allow.

Maureen said: “I’m so happy I could see my sister again; it was really lovely.”

Lindy said: “We are absolutely delighted that we could help this family reunite and we will do all we can to facilitate more video calls.”


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