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Author: Age NI
Published on 03 November 2011 03:00 PM

Belfast woman, Margaret McFadden has been named as Age NI’s Grandparent of the Year 2011!

The competition, supported by Connswater Shopping Centre celebrated the value of grandmothers and grandfathers to Northern Ireland families and recognised the important role they play offering wisdom, experience, support and love.

Margaret McFadden was nominated by her 13 year old granddaughter Amy Shields because she believes her granny deserves to be rewarded for all the love and care she gives. As Age NI Grandparent of the Year 2011 Margaret received a night’s B&B in Jurys Inn, Belfast, a £50 gift voucher for Lounge Hair and Beauty, a £40 gift voucher for Connswater Shopping Centre and a bouquet of flowers courtesy of Tesco. Amy didn’t walk away empty handed as she received a Golden Ticket Tour of Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory for nominating her granny.

Speaking about her win, Margaret McFadden said, ‘Although initially a little embarrassed by the announcement, it was an honour to have been nominated by my wonderful granddaughter, Amy and a great surprise to have won. I enjoyed meeting the judges and the fantastic prizes were very much appreciated. It was such a treat to be made feel so special. Thank you Age NI.’

Margaret was chosen unanimously by a panel of judges that included Age NI Ambassadors – U105 Presenter George Jones, Style Academy Boss Tracey Hall, and Connswater Shopping Centre’s Josephine Coulter and Gerry Monaghan.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive said, ‘Grandparents make a huge contribution to family life in Northern Ireland, providing support, time and care.  We are delighted to recognise the importance of Margaret’s role.’

George Jones, U105 Presenter said, ‘All of the entries were great - some funny, some sad but what made Amy’s nomination stand out was that her closing sentence was so heartfelt and made us smile – ‘Margaret McFadden should be grandparent of the year because she often says ‘I’ll get my reward in heaven’ but I think she should get it now.’

Gerry Monaghan, Connswater Shopping Centre added, ‘We’ve enjoyed being involved with Age NI’s Grandparent of the Year competition, as it’s so important to highlight and celebrate the contribution grandparents make. Margaret is a very worthy winner and it was great to welcome her to Connswater Shopping Centre to present the award and prizes.’

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