Rita and Stan make happy return to their local Asda after two years
Rita and Stan, who are both in their 90s, used to be regular shoppers at our Ashton-under-Lyne store … until Rita had a fall two years ago and they had to move into a care home.
They’d really missed their weekly chats with Anne at her checkout, so they were overjoyed when colleagues at the store arranged a special trip for them this week – and a reunion over a cup of tea.
The couple, who have been married for 71 years, live at Daisy Nook House, a residential care home.
Rita mentioned how much she missed Anne when she was chatting to Lindsey Chalmers, who works at both the care home and the store.
So Lindsey brought Rita to the store last week for her first trip on her new mobility scooter – and there were smiles and tears when she met Anne at the checkout.
Seeing how much it meant to them both, Lindsey decided it would be nice to invite both Rita and Stan in this week for a chance to sit down for a proper chat with Anne over a cup of tea.
Rita, who’s 92, said: "We used to see Anne every week – she’s a lovely lady, very friendly and goes out of her way to help you. It was so nice to see her again.
“We had a lovely chat and a catch-up – it made our day.”
Anne said: "It started about five years ago. Rita used to always come to my till with Stan. We’d have a catch-up chat and a laugh – they are a lovely couple. We became quite close and sometimes she would give me a hug as she left.
“I hadn’t seen her for about 18 months then I saw her coming over to my till in her wheelchair. She saw me and her face lit up – it was priceless. She filled up and I filled up too. It was a lovely surprise to see her.”
Lindsey is activities coordinator at Daisy Nook, which is run by HC-One, and is also a checkout colleague at Asda Ashton.
She said: "I started working at Daisy Nook last June and when Rita found out I also worked for Asda she kept mentioning a lovely lady at the store.
“So for her first trip on her new mobility scooter, I thought it would be a nice idea to take her to the store so she could be reunited with this lady.
“As soon as she saw Rita, Anne ran up to her and grabbed her hand. It was lovely!
“They had a good chat. Rita is a lovely person, she loves a chat and also likes to be around people. When she got back to the home she said she’d had a wonderful day, and I then decided it would be nice for them both to go back in to see Anne and have a proper catch-up.”
Stan and Rita have one son, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Their granddaughter Deborah Abbott said: "I’ve been doing some of gran and grandad’s shopping while they’ve been in the home and Anne was always asking after them.
“Bringing them back into the store might seem a little, simple thing but I know it meant a lot to them.”