Praise for super grandparents
Selfless trio rewarded
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