292017Sep

Celebrating My Grand Hero on Grandparents Day

What a wonderful few months it’s been! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your entries in our My Grand Hero competition and it’s been lovely to celebrate all the amazing grandparents out there.

Every entry has been so heartwarming and shows us just how special grandparents are to each and every one of us. Whether they go by the name of Grandma, Grandpa, Nanny, Papa, Grampy, Granny – they’re all superheroes. This competition has really allowed us to celebrate them and recognise that their simple presence is immensely important and appreciated to their grandchildren and family.

While it’s been a lovely few months, we do of course have to announce our final winner! And what a day for it – Grandparents day! (We planned that well didn’t we!) But before we do, let’s have a little recap …

We of course had our previous winners;

Beccy Rowley, who was our July winner with her granddad Ron, who does a lot of volunteer work in his local community to keep himself busy and was also a torch bearer in the 2012 Olympics

Our August winner, Amanda Ward shared with us her Nan Betty who despite being disabled and suffering with terrible arthritis, still plays with her 27 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren and is a hero to every single on of them.

September’s Grand Hero

Our final winner is Rebecca MacBain and her hero, her grandpa, Alasdair. Here is her entry:

“Grandpa is a grand hero because he always finds the energy to play a game of football or spin my son round and round in an exciting cuddle despite arthritis causing a little difficulty. He never moans about his condition he just gets on with life and is more than happy to join us on adventures! He has super powers because he knows the answer to any question at the drop of a hat and tells us all great stories about his life in the most captivating way!”
We love this spirit and energy to make those around him happy and smile, a special super power of a true grand hero!Rebecca went on to tell us more about her grand hero,
Rebecca's Grandpa Alasdair
“Alasdair is 85 years young and is my husband’s father (as sadly mine has passed) but he is still very much #MyGrandHero! He has spent his life as an Economics Professor and has had several books published of his works – despite being one of the most intelligent people I know he is rather forgetful and will walk into a room looking for his glasses that might be on top of his head! He is an amazing grandpa to his 2 grandchildren and is always willing to get involved. Whether it’s posing for the camera in a silly way or getting down on his hands and knees to play with toy cars with a toddler – he is always up for a little giggle! He enjoys badminton and table tennis despite battling arthritis and terrible eczema without moaning and just gets on with life. He’s an absolute inspiration and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of his family.”

The charity donation goes to…

Rebecca also got to choose a charity from the list to receive the £100 donation. She chose Community Christmas, and the reason behind it is lovely,

I would like to choose community Christmas as last year I remember meeting a lady who Alasdair and his wife Marion had invited round on Christmas day. Her husband had just died and her daughter was in a coma following a car accident. She would have spent the day alone if it wasn’t for them inviting her into their home. It made a massive difference to her and I will never forget that. This charity seemed the perfect choice in light of this. 

Rebecca

Supporting charity

We have a duty of care at Bower Retirement. Our customers are making life changing decisions regarding finances in retirement so it’s our responsibility to help and offer support to advise if equity release is the right choice. With this in mind we wanted to help support some amazing Charites that care for the older community. So we donated £100 to three charities chosen by our winners.

We’d also like to say a big thank you to all the charities involved in the competition.

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Check out all your grand heroes!

Jordan Frost - My biggest hero

Jordan Frost – “My biggest hero”

Jim Radford - My daughters Granddad is a hero as he helps with the important things..the circ ale of life!

Jim Radford – “My daughters Granddad is a hero as he helps with the important things..the circ-ale of life!”

Jennifer Turner - Grandma reading to twins

Jennifer Turner – “Grandma reading to twins”

Jennifer Stein - Granny and gramps with all their grandchildren!

Granny and gramps with all their grandchildren!

Helga Brandt - She's the best, Better than the rest

Helga Brandt – “She’s the best, Better than the rest”

Hannah Smith - Nannys take us for the best tea!
Hannah Smith – “Nannys take us for the best tea!”
Hattie Tales - Say Cheese!

Hattie Tales – “Say Cheese!”

Holly Cranfield - 60 years married and still as devoted to each other.

Holly Cranfield – 60 years married and still as devoted to each other.

Fional Marshall - #MyGrandHero is my dad - trying to scare the great grandchildren by taking his teeth out

Fional Marshall – “#MyGrandHero is my dad – trying to scare the great grandchildren by taking his teeth out”

Falon Miller - Gardening Great Grandad

Falon Miller – “Gardening Great Grandad”

Felicity Kelly - 'SuperGran A.K.A Dare Devil'

Felicity Kelly – “SuperGran A.K.A Dare Devil”

Emma Penko - They truly are legends

Emma Penko – “They truly are legends”

Christine Oates - 84 years young and sky diving for charity!

Christine Oates – “84 years young and sky diving for charity!”

Catherine Falls - My Pappy is a superhero.

Catherine Falls – “My Pappy is a superhero.”

Bianca Lloyd - Kath Rossetti a.k.a. Kath Rotten!

Bianca Lloyd – “Kath Rossetti a.k.a. Kath Rotten!”

Carol Thompson - My Nanny is my world

Carol Thompson – “My Nanny is my world”

Becky Whiteman - Grandad- the world's favourite airline!

Becky Whiteman – “Grandad- the world’s favourite airline!”

Annie B - Lytham St Anne's Pier with Grandma and Grandad

Annie B – “Lytham St Anne’s Pier with Grandma and Grandad”

Aaron Howlett - Nanna and Grandad with the Grandchildren

Aaron Howlett – “Nanna and Grandad with the Grandchildren”

Kristyn Harris - My Glamorous, Get-Up-And-Go Grandma!

Kristyn Harris – “My Glamorous, Get-Up-And-Go Grandma!”

Kasey-Mai Williams - My nana Farish is my hero

Kasey-Mai Williams – “My nana Farish is my hero”

Kev S - My grandad rocks

Kev S – “My grandad rocks!”

Lauren Boyle - My fantastic Nana!

Lauren Boyle – “My fantastic Nana!”

Lorraine Mabbitt - Nearly 99 and still independent

Lorraine Mabbitt – “Nearly 99 and still independent”

Lauren Reed - Great 'Grandmother' Gwen

Lauren Reed – “Great ‘Grandmother’ Gwen”

Lisa Evans - My beautiful grandmother, she realyl was the best

Lisa Evans – “My beautiful grandmother, she realyl was the best”

Louise Hopton - Grandad looks after my young children several times a week while I work.

Louise Hopton – “Grandad looks after my young children several times a week while I work.”

Megan Kinsey - Captain Grandpa! #MyGrandHero

Megan Kinsey – “Captain Grandpa! #MyGrandHero”

Lynda Connolly - granddad with son and grand daughter

Lynda Connolly – “Granddad with son and grand daughter”

Mary Heald - She's my hero...a tough cookie.

Mary Heald – “She’s my hero…a tough cookie.”

Natasha Hoey - My granny was my absolute superhero. to the world she was just one person, but to me she was the world.

Natasha Hoey – “My granny was my absolute superhero. to the world she was just one person, but to me she was the world.”

Molly Pilling- Me and my Grandma at the summer fair

Molly Pilling – “Me and my Grandma at the summer fair”

Melissa Barnes - The Best Grand-Father Christmas in the World

Melissa Barnes – “The Best Grand-Father Christmas in the World”

Natalie Bradley - My gran is a regular superhero

Natalie Bradley – “My gran is a regular superhero”

Rowena Griffiths - Never too old! Playing the grandkids at their own game

Rowena Griffiths – “Never too old! Playing the grandkids at their own game”

Nikki - My Nan & Grandad are #MyGrandHero

Nikki – “My Nan & Grandad are #MyGrandHero”

Rachael Ford - Grandad is Hectors hero

Rachael Ford – “Grandad is Hectors hero”

Robert Jones - Nan is amazing. She helps our son with his homework she inspires him and they are best friends.

Robert Jones – “Nan is amazing. She helps our son with his homework she inspires him and they are best friends.”

Sophie Scarth - My grandad is my hero, Young at heart

Sophie Scarth – “My grandad is my hero, Young at heart”

Zoey Harris - My Nan the rock star!

Zoey Harris – “My Nan the rock star!”

Sue Price - My grandad the best Chauffeur in town

Sue Price – “My grandad the best Chauffeur in town”

Stacey O'Brian -Because sometimes even the Paw Patrol need supernanna's help!

Stacey O’Brian – “Because sometimes even the Paw Patrol need supernanna’s help!”

Vicki Nunn - My mum is a fantastic grandparent to my little boy

Vicki Nunn – “My mum is a fantastic grandparent to my little boy”

Victoria Boyle - Inspirational Granny Smith apples!

Victoria Boyle – “Inspirational Granny Smith apples!”

Cara Bemrose Williams -

Cara Bemrose Williams – “Nanna always gets stuck in!”

Rebecca MacBain - Smiles with Grandpa!

Rebecca MacBain – “Smiles with Grandpa!”

Aila -

Aila – “My dad enjoying posing with me and grand daughters”

Lindsay Robson - Still young at heart and loves to play with her grandchildren

Lindsay Robson – “Still young at heart and loves to play with her grandchildren”

Sue Gibson -

Sue Gibson – “Superhero grandad, proving age is just a number”

Sue Price -

Sue Price – “Capt’n of the ship & head of our family”

Michelle Millard - My kiddies #MyGrandHero is their grandad

Michelle Millard – “My kiddies #MyGrandHero is their grandad”

Becci Cleary -My Grandad - My Best Friend - My Hero
Becci Cleary – “My Grandad – My Best Friend – My Hero”