Your Family

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

And the winner is… RIAS announce winner of 'Grandparent of the Year' Awards

This year we partnered with ‘Yours’ magazine to launch our first ever ‘Grandparent of the Year’ Awards celebrating the value of grandmothers and grandfathers to families across the UK. The awards recognised the important role grandparents play in offering wisdom, experience, support and love.

In total there were five categories in which families could recognise their grandparents: ‘Active’, ‘Fun’, ‘Hero’, ‘Glam’ and ‘Granddad’, with the winner in each category then being judged as the overall ‘Grandparent of the Year 2011’.

Grandparent of the Year - Winners     Grandparent of the Year - Judging Panel

The campaign was headed by celebrity broadcaster Janet Ellis, grandmother to singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s children. Janet acted as a spokesperson and judge, and was supported in picking the finalists for the awards with help from our own Managing Director, Janet Connor.

So it is with great pride that we announce our winners and our 2011 ‘Grandparent of the Year’, sharing with you some of the photos from the makeover, photo shoot and afternoon tea celebration that the winners attended.

Yours Magazine rosette

The Winners

‘Active Gran’ – Babs Henderson, Ayrshire

This award holds special significance for RIAS, as it was our customers and users of our website who voted to crown Babs ‘Active Gran’ of the year. Babs, 72, recently completed a round-the-world trip and is a keen flyer. A proud grandmother of five, Babs was nominated for the award by her daughter Helen, because she will do anything for her family and friends. Currently she’s helping to make to make her grandson’s dream of studying in the USA a reality.

‘Hero Gran’ – Isobel Hoare, Herefordshire

In a field of selfless and heroic grandparents – Isobel stood out. Nominated by daughter Lucy, she had taken over the role of parent when a family crisis meant she needed to, becoming the emotional as well as practical support to children and grandchildren. As the family then had to deal with a precious grandchild’s life-threatening illness – Isobel held them together and never stopped smiling.

‘Fun Gran’ – Rita Bradbeer, Lancashire

Rita was the winner of our ‘Fun Gran’ category after being nominated by her granddaughter Breanna, aged 11. Rita is described as ‘young at heart’ enjoying fun-filled family adventures at Disneyland Paris, tennis, swimming and baking – we can’t keep up!

‘Granddad’ – Mike Amis, Norfolk

66 year-old grandfather of seven Mike Amis, won the ‘Hero Grandad’ award. Despite having surgery for a double lung transplant, Mike never lets anything stop him spending time with his grandchildren. A big kid at heart, Mike makes up silly songs, plays silly games and makes silly noises – which makes him very a popular entertainer indeed!

‘Glam Gran’ – Lorna Currie, Somerset

We all need a little glam in our lives and ‘Glam Gran’ winner Lorna Currie has style by the bucketful! Lorna was nominated by her granddaughter Drew for looking glamorous and trendy wherever she goes – despite having 14 grandchildren and a great granddaughter! Lorna is a great help to her family, babysitting every other day and even helping with the dog walking – what a star!

All the category winners won £100 worth of Marks & Spencer’s vouchers and a goody bag.

Overall ‘Grandparent of the Year 2011’ – awarded to Isobel Hoare

Since Isobel’s son and his two children moved in with Isobel and her husband, she has dedicated herself to helping raise her grandchildren. In December 2010 the family were faced with a great challenge when grandson William was diagnosed with leukaemia, but throughout William’s treatment Isobel has been on hand to provide love and support to both him and her son. Isobel is a great help taking the children to school, washing, cooking and cleaning – she is truly an exceptional grandparent and we are proud to have her as our winner.

Isobel won a £1,500 holiday voucher as her prize so that she can enjoy a relaxing break – congratulations Isobel from everyone here at RIAS.

Go back