Kathleen Saville and Olive Woodward, both 89 of Nottinghamshire, have been best friends for almost 80 years and recently have moved into the same care home together, BBC reported.
Saville and Woodward became friends when they were 11-year-old schoolgirls in Mansfield, England, in 1941 and have stayed close friends ever since. They have never lived further apart than a 10-minute walk.
“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. We’re going to be friends in heaven,” Saville told BBC.
When Saville moved to Berry Hill Park care home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Woodward had become depressed while at a different home away from her friend. She decided to join her best friend in the care home six weeks ago and was happy that they could now see each other “all day every day.”
“If I’m unhappy or in trouble, I only have to go to Kathleen and we’ll always end up laughing,” she said.
“They never stop chatting and giggling. It’s so endearing, they genuinely love each other and you can see that,” Sally Tebbett, home manager at Berry Hill Park, said.
Tebbett also said it was not usual to find best friends living together in a care home but they were both benefiting from it.
Staff at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield dubbed them the “dynamic duo” and said you can still “see their love for each other.”
“Put yourself out and go and see your friend. Don’t always wait for them to come and see you. It takes two to tango,” Saville, who believes the key to their long friendship was that neither likes arguing.