COOKSTOWN can now lay claim to having Northern Ireland’s top grandparents.
Michael and Marian May were awarded the accolade by competition organisers, Care for the Family, a national charity which aims to strengthen family life throughout the UK.
The couple who are in their 60’s were nominated by grandson Zachary, aged six who has autism. His entry, written by his parents said: “My Granny and Grandpa May are wonderful. Every other weekend I stay with them to give mummy and daddy a rest and I have my own bedroom at their house. They play with me and take me wherever I want to go in their car.”
The Super Grandparent awards were established by Care for the Family this year in order to highlight the important role grandparents play in family life by offering kindness, wisdom, support and unconditional love.
Founder of Care for the Family and author of The Sixty Minute Grandparent, Rob Parsons said: “Grandparents and grandchildren share a special bond. As adults many of us can remember sharing time with our grandparents and building memories to last a lifetime. Although the standard of entries was incredibly high, Michael and Marion stood out as exceptionally pro-active and selfless grandparents.
“Having a child with special needs can be an enormous challenge for parents and their commitment to helping the family is clear.
“What’s more both grandparents take genuine pleasure in looking after their Zachary and always make time for him.”