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Age Concern reveals Britain`s star grandparent                       Archive


Hilda&Ruth.jpg (5746 bytes)Hilda Taylor, 82, from Wednesbury, West Midlands has won the Oscar of British grandparenting as she is named the Age Concern Grandparent of the Year 2003. Hilda is a friend and a great inspiration to her grandchildren.

The award, sponsored by Woolworths plc, is a celebration of the
importance of today's grandparents in family life. Hilda was put in the spotlight by 15-year-old Ruth who nominated her
gran because she is so supportive of her family. 


When Ruth's home was damaged in a fire, Hilda insisted that the family all stay with her and she slept on the sofa.

Hilda says: " I rocked all my grandchildren to sleep when they were babies and am now doing the same for my great-grandchildren. I was so surprised and touched that Ruth nominated me. I already felt like a winner, so to be Grandparent of the Year is unbelievable"

After a mugging four years ago, Hilda was nervous about going out. She overcame her fear and now shops and gardens for neighbours 20 years younger.

Ruth says: "When I stay over at my gran's we never get any sleep as we are laughing too much. She watches Graham Norton with me and we pig out on chocolate. She is the coolest, funniest, most caring and loving person I know. She would give someone the last pound out of her purse if they needed it."

Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern England says:

" Every year the Grandparent of the Year award highlights how important grandparents are, in so many different ways.

"The nine regional finalists have cared for their grandchildren, been a friend, offered advice and been a shoulder to cry on. Their proud grandchildren nominated them to say thank you. Congratulations to Hilda whose story has impressed and moved us all."

Want to nominate a Grandparent of the Year?  

Contact Age Concern England @



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