‘She looks beautiful’

Abbie-Jay Knowles, 11, nominated her nan Patricia Downs for the The Guardian Rose w120719-4a
Abbie-Jay Knowles, 11, nominated her nan Patricia Downs for the The Guardian Rose w120719-4a

A MANTON nan has been thanked for ‘always being in the right place at the right time with the right words to say’ for her family.

Patricia Downs, 68, from Furnival Street, received a Guardian Rose minutes before her granddaughter’s Year 6 prom.

The selfless nan even paid towards 11-year-old Abbie-Jay Knowles’s dress.

“The rose is for her always being there for us all when we needed her the most,” said Abbie-Jay, who is starting at Outwood Academy Portland in September.

“The family’s been through a lot and we just love her to bits.”

The family recalled memorable times on holiday at Devon, Yarmouth and Ingoldmells.

Upon receiving her Guardian Rose, Patricia was visibly overwhelmed.

“I was not expecting this,” she said, holding back the tears. “She knows I’m always there if she needs me.”

“She looks beautiful in her dress.”