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New research from Age UK* in advance of Grandparents’ Day on Sunday 2 October, has found that people’s fondest memories of their grandparents revolve around enjoying food or family occasions.

The recent survey found that food continues to be a focal point in people’s relationships with their grandparents with over a quarter of people choosing having Sunday lunch together as a favourite activity (27%) and over one in five (22%) fondly remembering baking or cooking with their grandparents.

More than two fifths (44%) believe that food has played an important role in their relationships with their grandparents, so much so that 53% of people are reminded of their grandparents by nostalgic nibbles.

Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive commented, 'With Grandparents' Day approaching on Sunday 2 October 2016, this research reiterates just how important grandparents are in many people’s lives. Food often brings families together and provides us with our fondest memories. In NI, we share childhood memories of eating wheaten bread, ham sandwiches, gooseberry jam, homemade soup and apple cake lovingly prepared by granny and granda!

'This Grandparents' Day we are asking people to share special treats and family recipes that remind us of our grandparents and raise vital funds for Age NI. Just get together with family, friends and colleagues to share foodie favourites and nostalgic nibbles that most remind you of your grandparents.

'We'd also love you to use #GrandparentsDay on your social media to post your recipes and pictures. From comforting apple crumble, to sticky toffees and tasty tray bakes, it couldn’t be easier to hold a fundraising feast for Grandparents' Day. Funds raised will help Age NI to continue providing advice, support and companionship to older people who need it most.'

*The Age UK Grandparents Poll was conducted online by You Gov on 5-6th September 2016. All GB Adults (unweighted base 2,039)

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

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