02 Feb 2015
Grandparents from Eastbourne have been highly commended for a gardening award. Brian and Amanda Bignell, who live at Anchor’s Redman King House in Meads Road, were nominated by three different neighbours for their hard work in the communal gardens.
Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor, who is England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May 2014 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.
Mr and Mrs Bignell, who have lived at Redman King House for 15 years, are thrilled to be highly commended in the Green Fingered Customer category. Brian, 90, said: “We are over the moon to have been nominated –once would be a huge compliment, so this is really staggering. Amanda and I love gardening as it keeps us fit. It brings us both great pleasure when others get enjoyment from the communal gardens.”
Friend and neighbour Patricia Sorrell, who appreciates all the work Brian and Amanda carry out in the gardens, said: “Having lived with Anchor for over a decade, I can say without fear of contradiction that the Bignells have tended the garden every single day, apart from a few occasions when heavy snow made it impossible.
“Mr and Mrs Bignell are both in their nineties but still incredibly active and they channel their impressive energy into weeding, planting and watering.
“The gardens at Redman King House look superb all year round, and it is all thanks to Brian and Amanda’s hard work and dedication.”
A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories will be announced at the end of January.