Love is in the air for South Uist couple

Shona and Iain (sitting) with staff from Kyle Court (left to right) Maggie Melrose, Angela Irvine, Linda Toland, Pauline Fairbairn and Pat Maclean

Shona and Iain (sitting) with staff from Kyle Court (left to right) Maggie Melrose, Angela Irvine, Linda Toland, Pauline Fairbairn and Pat Maclean

Raigmore Hospital’s patient accommodation made an unusual site for a wedding proposal this week when South Uist man Iain Macfarlane got down on bended knee.

Iain (63) has been staying at Raigmore’s Kyle Court every month for the past five years while he receives treatment for myeloma, accompanied by his partner, Shona Macintyre (47).

Although the couple had talked about getting engaged and had picked out rings, it came as a complete shock to Shona when Iain got down on bended knee and popped the question.

Shona explained: “We knew we were going to get engaged but I had no idea he was going to do it then. We hadn’t planned that part but I’m delighted that it happened at Kyle Court.

“The staff here have been so brilliant with us in all the times that we have stayed here, it really is like a home from home. They’re like family to us and we get to enjoy this moment with them.”

The happy couple show off their engagement rings

The happy couple’s engagement rings

Adding to the celebrations was the news that Iain has been told he doesn’t need to come back to Raigmore for two months. Shona explained: “He’s doing well so at his clinic this week we were told he doesn’t need to come back for about two months now. The staff at Raigmore have been fantastic as well. It’s been quite a week.”

The couple — who have been together for ten years — are planning to marry towards the end of the year and would like the staff of Kyle Court to be involved in the celebration somehow.

Shona said: “I’m sure we will do something at Kyle Court. The staff have been behind us 100% the entire time, they’re just so lovely and we are so happy being here celebrating our engagement with them.”

Maggie Melrose, accommodation manager, said the couple have become like family, adding: “This is the first engagement we’ve ever had at Kyle Court. We were all very excited when we heard the news and all the staff here could not be happier for them.”