Visit your booba, says Vanessa Feltz

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

BROAD­CASTER VANESSA Feltz has called on young Jews to make greater ef­forts to spend time with their grand­par­ents.

She urged peo­ple to “buck up their ideas and go and see their grand­par­ents im­me­di­ately”.

The Ra­dio 2 pre­sen­ter was re­act­ing to a World Jewish Re­lief sur­vey that showed that one-third of adult Jews see their grand­par­ents only four times a year or less.

“I’m ut­terly shocked. The re­sults are a cry­ing shame,” she said.

“When I was grow­ing up we saw my grand­par­ents at least once a week. I would go to my Grandma Zib­bles on Fri­day night for din­ner and Grandma Babs on Sun­day. I adored them.

“I don’t even think once a week is enough.”

Ms Feltz, whose sec­ond grand­child is ex­pected to be born this week, has been named Celebrity Grand­par­ent of the Year in a poll of the public, com­mis­sioned by res­tau­rant com­pany Ta­ble Ta­ble.

She beat con­tenders in­clud­ing the Queen, Great Bri­tish Bake Off pre­sen­ter Mary Berry and Labour Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn.

She said: “This has given me the most naches. I’m ab­so­lutely pleased to have beaten all of them. To have beaten the Queen to smithereens and to be crowned the best booba is just fab­u­lous.”

She added that she sees her oneyear-old grand­son, Zeke, at least once a day.

“As soon as he was born I said, ‘Don’t let me die. I want to live to 100.’ I feel so grate­ful to have him and so lucky.

“You think about the refugee cri­sis and these chil­dren sep­a­rated from their grand­par­ents and you just want ev­ery baby to have the love of a grand­par­ent and the sta­bil­ity.

“I think it is im­por­tant to nur­ture the re­la­tion­ship.”

Grand­par­ent of the Year Vanessa Feltz with her grand­son, Zeke

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