Love is in the air at Jewish Care10 Mar 2015
When two members of staff found love at Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore they knew they wanted to share their wedding celebrations with staff, volunteers and residents of the home.
Bride, Celine Cohen nee Allen, 30, Social Coordinator at the home and her new husband, Elliot Cohen, 31, Kitchen Assistant, who live in Edgware, met whilst working at the Jewish Care home in 2011.
Celine says, “Three and a half years ago, not long after I started work at Princess Alexandra, Elliot used to make me a sandwich at lunchtime. We became friends and then Elliot asked me out in May 2012 and he proposed to me at my mum and dad’s house in December 2012. It was really lovely as Elliot asked for my parent’s permission first.”
Celine, 30, who got married at Edgware United Synagogue, said,
“A lot of the residents wanted to come but it was a late evening ceremony, which was too late for them but I promised them I would make a party for them at the home and watch the wedding film together.”
True to her word, Celine took out her wedding dress again for a wedding tea with all the residents at the Home last week and Elliot was suited and booted, surprising the residents who were used to seeing him in his kitchen uniform.
Colleagues had decorated the lounge with flowers and banners for the wedding party and Elliot’s colleagues from the kitchen made a special cake for the occasion. Residents, staff and volunteers were joined by Celine’s parents Jill and Raymond and the newly weds.
Speaking afterwards, resident, Sheila Breslaw, 85, said, “It was fantastic afternoon and they deserve all the luck in the world.”
Home Manager, Elizabeth Mandeya added,
“Celine and Elliot are such a great couple. It’s lovely that they wanted to share their happiness in this way. The residents have been looking forward to this tea so much and it shows what a good relationship our staff have with the residents here that they want to involve them in what happens outside the home and bring it to them.”