TWO elderly sisters who feared they would never see each other again were reunited by staff at a Hampshire care home.

The emotional meeting took place following the launch of a new scheme which aims to make dreams come true for people living at Hartwood House.

The 49-room complex in Bournemouth Road, Lyndhurst, is run by the Cinnamon Care Collection.

One of the residents, 94-year-old Olive Heasman, has become the first person to benefit from the home’s Sprinkle of Cinnamon initiative.

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Olive asked if she could meet up with her sister, Peg Simmonds, 102, who lives 150 miles away in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Moira Baxter, the home’s general manager, said: “Sprinkle of Cinnamon was introduced to enable our residents to achieve unfulfilled ambitions or wishes.

“To say Olive was overjoyed when she heard that we’d arranged for her to visit Peg would be an understatement.

“Their daughters didn’t feel able to drive the distance between Lyndhurst and Saffron Walden.

“Our activities co-ordinator, Nancy Hall de Vuyst, accompanied her on the journey. They travelled by taxi and were kindly offered a significant discount by A1 Cars in Totton.

“Olive and Peg were joined by their daughters and other family members.

“They all enjoyed lunch together in a local pub, after which the sisters spent some time on their own.”

The women had not seen each other for two years.

Olive said: “I didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to see my sister again and it was so nice to spend time together.”

Peg added: “I was so excited when I heard that Olive was coming to visit.”