Nicky Dando believes she holds the title of being Britain’s youngest great-grandmother, and the Bristolian says she is feeling “blessed” despite battling breast cancer.
Nicky had her first daughter aged 17 and is now a great grandma to baby Maliki aged just 51, but has been battling breast cancer since 2016.
Yet as her family rally round – including her cousin, Good Morning Britain weatherman Alex Beresford – Nicky says she considers herself blessed, reports Mirror Online.
She said: “Not many live to see grandchildren, let alone great-grandchildren.
“My little munchie is a blessing sent from above. When I’m with them all we have so much fun and laughter.”
Nicky – who had the first of her two children at 17 – said of her long line of descendents: ”I can’t find any sign of a great-grandmother younger than me. When we researched it, there was a woman in Wales who was 54.”
That is three years older than Nicky was when her first great-grandchild, Maliki Kennett-Miles, put in an appearance in December 2018.
The average age to become a grand parent is 63, with women becoming mums on average at 29. Nicky, now 54, has six grandkids – and Maliki’s dad, car technician Tyrese, was her first.
When he was born in January 2000, Nicky was just 32. That makes her younger than Gemma Skinner, reported last month to be Britain’s youngest gran at 33.
Tyrese was just 18 when he first became a father. His mum was Nicky’s first child, born in 1984, who was just 16 when she had Tyrese.
Nicky says: “I remember thinking, ‘No way, I’m only 51! But I was only 32 when I was a grandmother. I’m fit enough despite my health to enjoy them – and they’re proud when their friends say, ‘Who’s the girl with you, hook me up’, and they tell them, ‘That’s my nanny!’”
Nicky first found signs of the cancer in December 2016, with a burning sensation in her left armpit.
She then discovered a breast lump – and is now being kept alive by a course of drug treatments costing the NHS £9,000 every three months.
But she is determined to use her time to raise money for a new scan and radiotherapy machine to help others, and.
TV cousin Alex, who presents the magazine show All Around Britain, has offered his support.
Nicky added: “It’s been a lot for the family to deal with. Alex makes me proud – I watch him and he makes me so proud.”
To find out more, and help Nicky’s campaign, search online for Nicola Dando at GoFundMe.
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