Friday, 28 November 2008

Grandparent of the year - but be quick

This is the time to drop some hints in the right direction! Age Concern has been running the Grandparent of the Year competition for 18 years. The award is run in association with Specsavers and recognises the valuable contribution grandparents make to society and to the economy. One in four families rely on grandparents to look after children each week and this childcare, provided for free, is worth £3.8million to the UK economy. Grandparents are often mentors in family life, helping to build understanding between generations.

Anyone over the age of 6 can nominate on-line at or by sending a written nomination to Age Concern England. Nomination forms are also available in local Specsavers Stores, the location of the nearest Specsavers store can be found at .

Age Concern & Specsavers will select thirteen regional winners from around the UK. From these five will be chosen to progress to the next stage as National Finalists. The finalists will be invited to London, along with their nominating grandchild, on an all expenses paid trip to take part in the awards ceremony and visit some of the capital’s top attractions. The announcement of the winner of the Grandparent of the Year 2009 will be at a reception at the House of Commons hosted by GMTV presenter, Fiona Phillips.

The Prize
The Grandparent of the Year 2009 will receive £3,000 cash to spend as they wish plus £2,000 in hearing vouchers and £750 in eyecare vouchers, courtesy of Specsavers.


Sunday 5th October – launch date
Sunday 30th November – competition close
January 2009 – Regional Winners announced
February 2009 – National Finalists announced
Wednesday 25th March 2009 – Winner announced

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