A grandmother from Southampton has won a Grandparent of the Year award. 

Rita Bradbeer, who lives at Anchor’s Fernside Court retirement housing scheme in Winchester Road, was nominated by neighbours for always putting her family first. A customer panel of judges met in December 2015 and was very impressed by her dedication to the next generation.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Ms Bradbeer, 71, is thrilled to receive the Grandparent of the Year Award. She said: “I am over the moon to have won this award. I love my family; they keep me young. It gives me great pleasure when I can help them out and see smiles on their faces.”

Richard Evans, who nominated Rita, said: “Rita deserves to win because she really brightens up Fernside Court with her magic tricks, puppets, balloon modelling and other entertainment. She helps out with charity events and parties, using her talents to support good causes. Rita is very humble and doesn’t think she does anything special, but it keeps us all cheerful and is much appreciated.”

Lysette Evans added: “Rita is besotted with her grandchildren. They keep her young and she loves taking them on trips – she will do anything for them. She always gets stuck in and helps out, showing huge amounts of energy and enthusiasm.”

For more information on Fernside Court please call 0800 731 20 20 or visit www.anchor.org.uk. 

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