Friendships rarely last for a while in this day and age. When most of us blame the hectic schedules and families for not giving much time to our old bonds, Olive and Kathleen have redefined friendship goals for all of us.
Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville met when they were just 11 years old. They were seated next to each other in class at Ravenshead School, Nottingham, in 1941 and since then they have been best friends. Being pals for 78 years now, the two women have moved to the same care home to continue their amazing relationship.
According to Kathleen, she knew Olive would be her forever friend. "I just knew we would always be friends when I met Olive. She means a lot to me. We've stayed friends by telling each other what we think and never arguing," she said. "If Olive goes first she'll come back to fetch me. We're going to be friends in heaven," the woman added.
Kathleen's husband, Leonard had passed away in 1989 after 35 years of their marriage. The woman moved to Berry Hill Park care home in Mansfield last year. Olive's husband worked with Leonard at the Coal Board and passed away in 2004. After living on her own for many years, Olive recently decided to move in with her childhood best friend.
Olive also shared thoughts about her best friend. "She is jolly and a good laugh and we don't argue. We are still capable of looking after ourselves and each other. We lived around the corner from each other all our lives so living down the hall seemed an obvious thing to do. We've built many memories together and we're making more every day. When Kathleen moved into the home I missed her and I used to go and see her every Saturday for lunch. Then I thought, why don't I move in too?" she said.
"If I'm unhappy or in trouble, I only have to go to Kathleen and we'll always end up laughing."
The care home talked about the life that the two brought to the place. "Kathleen is a proper flirt and has her lippy on every day. She says 'If you have got it, flaunt it'. Olive is a bit more reserved but they egg each other on. We always love to see friendships blossoming amongst residents, so it was even more special that our care home reunited such dear friends."