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Market Deeping family are re-united ahead of Christmas after spending weeks apart

A mother and son were elated to see each other in time for Christmas after spending weeks apart.

Jane Papadopoulos used to visit her son at his care centre everyday before lockdown but staff were forced to abandon garden visits because of the cold weather.

Determined to help families keep in touch, the centre invested in Covid-safe visitor pods for residents to see loved ones through a screen.

Together again
Together again

Jane, who lives in Market Deeping, said: “It was so wonderful to see him. I was a little nervous but so excited.

"The screen between us was so clean, Anthony couldn’t see it and was a bit confused as to why he couldn’t touch me

"He looked so well and I'm thrilled."

Anthony, 38, lives at the Eagle Wood neurological care centre in Peterborough.

Thanks to the pods, his mum could spend an hour chatting and entertaining him with spinning toys and his favourite Disney characters.

Jane said: “The enforced separation has been so hard.

“They look after him extremely well at Eagle Wood and he couldn’t be anywhere better, but I can’t wait to be able to hug him. I’ve also missed the support I get from the staff.”

Neil Russell, the chairman of PJ Care which runs the centre, said: “Seeing Jane’s reaction was amazing. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this space to families.

"We know it’s not the physical contact they so badly want but it’s a step on from video calls. It give somewhere comfortable to see loved ones."

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