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Author: Age NI
Published on 22 June 2011 12:00 AM

97% of people agree that grandparents add value to family life in Northern Ireland. Almost 60% of people know an older person who spends up to 16 hours per week looking after their grandchildren

Connswater Shopping Centre and Age NI are introducing their new charity of the year partnership by launching a search for Grandparent of the Year! Do you know a grandparent who deserves special recognition for their kindness and generosity?  Is your Granny or Granda your favourite person in the whole world? If so, Connswater Shopping Centre and Age NI want to know why, and your extraordinary grandparent could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes too.

George Jones, Age NI Ambassador, said, ‘Grandparents make a huge contribution to the social, economic and family life of Northern Ireland. Where would we be without the thousands of grannies and grandas that offer their time every day to listen to, care for and entertain their grandchildren? I’m delighted to support this search for Northern Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year as finally, some of our most deserving citizens will be recognised for the love, time and support they provide every day!’

Gerry Monaghan, Centre Manager said, ‘Connswater Shopping Centre is delighted to partner Age NI as Charity of the Year 2011-2012. We look forward to working together to improve the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.  We’re also very excited to see the nominations roll in for our Grandparent of the Year competition as we know there are lots of people across Northern Ireland who will be more than deserving of this great accolade.’

To enter a grandparent and offer them a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, all entries will require a minimum registration donation of £2. Entries must be received by Friday 16 September. The event will conclude with a grand finale at Connswater Shopping Centre on Saturday 1 October.

Find out more at Grandparent of The Year Competition

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575