Whilst Valentines Day is traditionally a day filled with candlelit dinners, flowers and romance, at MacIntyre every day we are reminded that love has many forms. So in celebration of the day of love, we are looking back at a few ‘MacIntyre’ love stories that continue to inspire us.
Husband and Wife
Mark and Tessa first met as young adults and after years of friendship, the couple decided to begin a relationship. In 2015, after a lifetime together, Mark and Tessa were thrilled to be married.
The couple had their dream wedding in Tring Church and Tessa was the ever-blushing bride. On the day of the wedding, she confidently made her way down the aisle to meet Mark, who was beaming. It was truly a day of love and celebration that the pair, their friends and families will never forget.
Four years into married life, we are pleased to report that the couple are as happy as ever!
Having a friend for life is truly something special. The love and friendship between Alison and Rachel continues to inspire us all.
Alison and Rachel’s friendship began at school and continued for over 20 years. They lived together, spent free time together, worked together in the MacIntyre Coffee Shop and supported each other through good times and bad.
“They had an instant connection between them, you knew their friendship was genuine. They did everything together.”
When Alison was in her 40’s she was diagnosed with dementia and sadly passed away in 2016. However, to this day Rachel continues to speak about her love for Alison and share her experience at every opportunity; raising awareness of dementia, as well as keeping the memory of her friend alive. It’s a friendship that has made truly had an impact on us all at MacIntyre.
In 1966, wanting a full and vibrant life for his disabled son Andrew, Kenneth Newton Wright established MacIntyre. Since then, this act of love has changed the lives of so many people with learning disabilities.
Every day we see families who simply want the best for their loved one and are thrilled to see them living life on their own terms.
One of these families is the fabulous Jo and Jess. Diagnosed with learning and physical disabilities from a young age, Jess has always had the support from her mother Jo. Having published three ‘Jess The Goth Fairy’ books alongside Jo, Jess is a pioneer for people with learning disabilities.
Speaking about their journey Jo said:
“Jess is such a special person, I know I am her mum, but she has the ability to make people smile and just wants to help others. She has changed everyone’s life in the family for the better. Jess has learning and physical disabilities and I feel very humble to be her mum and have watched her cope with many situations over the years.
“She is the inspiration for a lot of things in my life.”