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Grandparents, we salute you

Published 11/09/2015

This Grandparents Day (Sept 13) I want to shine a light on the immense contribution grandparents make supporting families today, especially those with a seriously ill child.

When a family is faced with having a child who is life-threatened or terminally ill, every member of the family is placed under unimaginable pressure. For grandparents the grief and pressure is often twofold, as they watch their child in a crisis that they cannot fix.

The courage these grandparents show every day makes them truly remarkable. So my message is this: "You are amazing, and you deserve this day to celebrate the very special relationship with your grandchildren and recognise all that you have achieved in supporting your family through this time."

To help Rainbow Trust support more grandparents with emotional and practical help donate online at or call 01372 220086.

Anne Harris

Director of Care at Rainbow Trust

Belfast Telegraph

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