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granny of the year

Every granny is special, so here at Grannynet we’ve teamed up with Infacol to recognise and celebrate the tremendous role you play with our Granny of the Year Award. Each month since last March, we have chosen a deserving granny who has received a fab prize and won herself a place on the shortlist.


We are very proud to announce that 58 year old Sonia Forster, from Chelmsford has been chosen as our Granny of the Year!


Sonia was nominated by husband John for being such a loving person, but we wonder how Sonia has any time to herself.  A retired coronary care nurse, she is now a schools escort looking after special needs children on the minibus to and from school and home.  She looks after her 2 grandchildren, Emily, 4, and Louie, 2, for 4 hours a day while their mum is at work.  She also has a 10 month old granddaughter, Kaila, who lives in Singapore. What makes Sonia even more remarkable is that she has had two knee replacements and five years ago donated one of her kidneys to her twin sister Vivienne.



She will be treated to a 3 night break at Enid Blyton’s favourite hotel, Knoll House in Dorset. With it’s pool, spa, nearby beach and dedicated children’s chef, it’s no wonder Knoll House was recently voted by The Oldie Magazine as the ‘best hotel for grandparents and grandchildren’. Sonia will get to enjoy 3 nights at Knoll House with her family.


The awards are supported by  go site Gloria Hunniford, who comments: “As anyone who has had the gift of a new baby knows; everything is new in those first few days and it’s sometimes hard for a new parent to know where to start. This is why grandparents are so important, they are often the unseen, dedicated, guiding hand; they’ve been through the parenting process and can now pass on their experience. Their love, support and reassurance is an essential part of the parenting process and it’s only right that we should celebrate them.”





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Our winners


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ساعدني لكسب المال Betty BennetCongratulations to Betty Bennett, our January Granny of the Month. Betty, a very young  86 year old from Bradford, was nominated by her granddaughter Caroline, who says that her Grandma has always been a fantastic to support to all the family and that nowadays she keeps in touch with them all up and down the country using texts and Facebook. She has raised money for children’s hospices for many years and continues to donate to this day. When she was younger, Betty was a keen golfer and loves watching sport on TV and playing cribbage with a local card group.  We think Betty sounds like one of the most tech savvy grandmas we’ve come across!



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GOTM Oct Uganda (200x150) Our winner for October is a granny living on two continents! Lyn De la Haye was nominated by her daughter Charley for being a doting and caring Nan to her five grandchildren in the UK as well being a very special granny to the children she teaches at a primary school in Uganda, where she is a missionary with her husband. They originally went out to Africa with Mission Direct to help build a school in Rukungiri, but then saw a real need to improve the standard of education, which, Lyn says, was still taught by rote like when she was at school! She is now making a huge difference to the children she teaches in years 3 and 4 at Taibah Primary School in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.



Our September winner is Irene Queen. Grandmother Irene is quite literally living up to her name by being ‘crowned’ our Granny of the Month. She was nominated by granddaughter Leanne for being a much loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and foster mother. Irene fostered over 20 young children over 15 years and still keeps in touch with lots of them today, who still called her Nana Hen. Many of the foster children were very young and they loved her singing to them, songs which are still as popular with the babies she rocks to sleep today. Irene is at the heart of the community where she lives in Camden, making every day brighter for all her friends and family.








Sharon with grandchildren and Woof WoofOur August winner is Sharon Thorndyke, a mother of three, nanny to Rebecca and David and step nanny to 13 grandchildren! As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough Sharon works full time as a Watch Manager in the Fire Control Room at Norwich Fire Rescue Service, is a Union Rep for the Fire Brigades Union and takes disadvantaged and disabled children from the charity East Coast Truckers on trips and days out. When she isn’t helping to look after youngest daughter Amy’s two children on her days off, she is keeping an eye on an elderly neighbour. We feel exhausted!





Our July winner, 58 year old Sonia Forster, from Chelmsford was nominated by husband John for being such a loving person, we wonder how Sonia has any time to herself.  A retired coronary care nurse, she is now a schools escort looking after special needs children on the minibus to and from school and home.  She looks after her 2 grandchildren, Emily, 4, and Louie, 2, for 4 hours a day while their mum is at work.  She also has a 10 month old granddaughter, Kaila, who lives in Singapore. What makes Sonia even more remarkable is that she has had two knee replacements and five years ago donated one of her kidneys to her twin sister Vivienne.



Jackie EvansOur June winner, 48 year old Jackie Evans, was nominated by daughter Emma for being an amazing nanny to 10 month old Ruby. Jackie works full time as a receptionist, but helped Emma throughout her pregnancy and took time off work to help with the baby when she was first born. She has made time for all her family, looking after her father when he had a stroke and giving up work to help care for her mother in law through her cancer treatment. Jackie keeps fit playing netball 3 or 4 times a week but still has time for her husband, 2 dogs and 6 rabbits!





RosieLowry Our May winner is Rosie Lowry. Rosie was nominated by daughter Joanna. She says her amazing mum has devoted everything to her own four children and now devotes time to looking after her two grandchildren, often cancelling her own plans to help out. Rosie has lived in the same village for over 40 years where she is much loved by friends and neighbours. She has set up a gardening club, helps with charity events, welcomes all newcomers to the village and always has the kettle on for visitors!        





Jane JacksonOur April winner was Jane Jackson. She has been nominated by Grannynet members, Ann Barrett and Jane Lawson. Jane runs a wonderful support group for grandparents who have been denied contact with their grandchildren. Due to a family breakdown Jane sadly lost contact with her own granddaughter in 2007. She has recently become the very proud granny to twin boys. A prolific poet, blogger, campaigner, gardener and formidable friend, Jane has been married to Marc for almost forty years. Together, they help maintain gardens for people who can no longer manage. We think Jane Jackson is a very worthy winner. Congratulations!




Hilda Keay, Granny of the Month March

Our March winner was the wonderful Hilda Keay,  who was born in the year the Titanic began its fateful journey and George V was on the throne. A toddler at the outbreak of the First World War, Hilda becomes a Centenarian in October when she celebrates her 100th birthday. Continuing to live independently, Hilda has suffered the loss of three of her four beloved children and survived cancer. She soldiers on with tremendous resilience, an ever hopeful spirit and a ready smile. She is the centre of family life and much loved.




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