Praise for su­per grand­par­ents

Self­less trio re­warded

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ATRIO of grand­par­ents have been recog­nised for go­ing the ex­tra mile.

Earls Lodge res­i­dents Ros­aline Bell and Mon­ica McCarthy were both highly com­mended in the an­nual An­chor Happy Living awards.

Ros­aline, 69, was cel­e­brated in the Grand­par­ent of the Year award while 73-year-old Mon­ica scooped her prize in the Best Neigh­bour cat­e­gory.

Fel­low res­i­dents at the Failsworth care home, on Al­bert Street West, felt that Robert Rath­bone should also re­ceive some praise.

The 75-year-old was awarded a spe­cially cre­ated cer­tifi­cate for ‘go­ing above and be­yond’ to help oth­ers.

Ros­aline, who has lived at Earls Lodge for al­most two years, was nom­i­nated for the award by her daugh­ter Linda.

Linda said: “My mum epit­o­mises ‘happy living’.

“She brings joy and fun to the lives of ev­ery­one she meets, es­pe­cially my six-year-old daugh­ter Layla and my 21-year-old nephew Tom.

“In the school hol­i­days, she is full of ideas to en­ter­tain my daugh­ter, turn­ing lit­tle things like go­ing on the tram into a great adventure.

“They have great fun to­gether.

“Mum went with Tom to his first mu­sic con­cert, danc­ing and clap­ping along to the Black Eyed Peas, and she’s al­ways first on the dance­floor at fam­ily par­ties.”

Ros­aline added: “I love my fam­ily; they keep me young.

“It gives me great plea­sure when I can help my grand­chil­dren and see smiles on their faces.

“My grand­daugh­ter Layla doesn’t re­mem­ber her grand­fa­thers, so she loves to come in to the lounge when she vis­its me – it feels like she has a whole load of sur­ro­gate grand­par­ents Lodge.”

Mon­ica was nom­i­nated for her award by care home manager Heather But­trick. She said: “Ev­ery year on Christ­mas Day, Mon­ica makes din­ner with all the trim­mings and in­vites ev­ery­one at Earls


Earls Lodge who does not have fam­ily. She does this for free in the communal lounge, but if a ten­ant does not feel up to leav­ing their flat, she ar­ranges for it to be taken to them. This is a re­ally self­less act which is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated by those who have no one to share their day with.”

Mon­ica, who has lived at the care home for seven years said: “I am over the moon to have been nom­i­nated by Heather. It is im­por­tant to have good neigh­bours. I like to help oth­ers whether it is to be there with a cup of tea and a chat or to go and help some­one with their shop­ping.”

More than 600 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for the an­nual awards that cel­e­brate the res­i­dents in An­chor homes across the coun­try.

●● Ros­aline Ball,left, Robert Rath­bone and Mon­ica McCarthy

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