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Amanda's wedding day surprise for Keith care home residents


By Alistair Whitfield

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Residents at Glenisla Care Home in Keith found themselves part of a surprise celebration when one of the care team turned in her wedding dress.

Amanda outside Glenisla Care Home in her wedding dress
Amanda outside Glenisla Care Home in her wedding dress

Amanda Leil, née Mclennan, hadn’t been in contact with the residents or many of her colleagues since lockdown began in March.

With that in mind, she decided to come along on her happy day.

Amanda said: "I hadn't seen any of the residents due to being pregnant and asthmatic.

"But I missed them all so much I thought I should drop by."

The secret wedding day visit was planned with the help of Amanda's colleagues Kaye Forsyth and Rhona Bowie.

The staff arranged for residents to sit facing the window after lunch.

Amanda said: "They didn’t know what to expect – it was a complete surprise.

"Some had a wee cry and there were a lot of happy faces."

Dolly Bowie raises a toast to Amanda and her husband Chris.
Dolly Bowie raises a toast to Amanda and her husband Chris.

Amanda got married to Chris at Lady Hill in Elgin.

The couple plan to honeymoon at Loch Ness.

Amanda is due to return to Glenisla next year and intends to continue studying for her SVQ 3 qualifications.

Glenisla's manager Brenda Harper said: "Everyone here would like to send huge congratulations to the happy couple and wish them all the very best for the future."

Residents look on as Amanda passes by the window.
Residents look on as Amanda passes by the window.

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