An afternoon tea with family and friends was hosted at the stunning Strathalbyn property of Cynthia and Graeme Nicholson to farewell their dear friends Malcolm and Janice Burgess before they move to Melbourne on April 23.
The Burgess’ have lived in Murray Bridge, albeit on-and-off, for most of their lives and their most recent stint in the town had spanned 20 years.
“We were married in Murray Bridge,” Mrs Burgess said.
“Then we left in 1964 when we moved to Meadows and then Adelaide before we came back to The Bridge.
“We needed some River Murray back in our bloodstream.”
Due to health issues the Burgess had to make the hasty decision to move to Melbourne in order to accommodate Mrs Burgess need for daily dialysis.
“Malcolm has done an amazing job looking after me but he can’t go on forever and it’s a big job and we have had wonderful help from Resthaven,” Mrs Burgess said.
Mr Burgess added that the staff at Resthaven had become like family to them and had provided support to them.
However, Mrs Burgess said the couples’ sons, who reside in Melbourne with their families, would like to have their parents close-by.
“They were thrilled when we, only recently, told them that we would be moving to Melbourne,” she said.
The decision for the Burgess’ to make the move came about quickly, with their application for care approved only a month ago.
“We’ve been lucky enough to get into a facility, where I can go in to nursing home care and Malcolm can go into an independent living unit which is all within the same complex,” Mrs Burgess said.
“And because they both became available at the same time we never expected it to be this quick when we put in the application.
“And you have to kind of take it, even though we’re sad to leave our friends.
“We’ve got so many memories to take with us but it will be better for us to be there now and our sons are thrilled to have us.”