A grandfather from Enfield has been shortlisted for an Extraordinary Talent award and a Grandparent of the Year award.

Maurice Stern, who lives at Anchor’s Pilgrims Court in Baker Street, was nominated by neighbours for his talents as a craftsman and his devotion to his grandchildren.

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.

Maurice, 93, who has lived at Pilgrims Court for 19 years, is thrilled to be shortlisted for the awards. He said: “I am over the moon to be nominated. 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.”

Daphne Stern, who nominated Maurice, said: “Maurice will be 94 next year and still plays a tune on his harmonica! He also creates fantastic models from very humble beginnings such as clothes pegs and matchsticks.

“He used to teach at the Brenner Centre in Stamford Hill, creating amazing things like a large dolls house with furniture, a locomotive with tender, a Pullmans coach on a track and even a grand piano.

“As well as this talent, Maurice is a most caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, always ready to help and advise.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

For more information on Pilgrims Court please call 0800 731 2020. 

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