A resident of a Staffordshire care home has been reunited with her long lost family members thanks to her daughters.

Denise Littlehales (81) lives at MHA Weston and Queensway House, a 70 place care home providing high-quality dementia nursing care in Stafford. 

She was born in Manchester in 1940 and was always aware of the fact she was put up for adoption by her mother.

Denise, who has two daughters, Jayne Simpson and Carol Abel, who were helped with an Ancestry UK pack gifted to Jayne. She used the pack for her mum and managed to trace not only three half-sisters but also a niece for her mum.

They were reunited with one another after arranging a meeting and, as Jayne says, they were able to see the family resemblance with their mother.

Jayne added: “Tracing the family members was not easy, there were plenty of hurdles along the way, but I am so happy mum was able to meet her three half-sisters and niece.

”It took months of contacting people and narrowing the family down, but it was definitely worth it.

“As a family we always spoke about mum's adoption, and I was always interested in seeking answers.

“When we told my mum we had managed to trace her sisters, she went quiet and I think that was down to it being a lot to take in.

“Through mum's half-sisters Irene King, Valerie Lillie and Caroline Sidler we managed to find out a lot more about my mum's real mum and it was great for us and for her.”

Debora Moseley, home manager at MHA Weston and Queensway House said: “Due to her advanced dementia, Denise hasn’t been able to verbalise much about the process, however we could tell she enjoyed her day.

“Her family and staff are able to talk to her about it and look at photographs with her from that day.  

“It's heart-warming for all of us to see the smile on her face.”

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