Five generations of Stroud family fundraise for Sue Ryder hospice

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Five generations of a Stroud family recently reunited to celebrate the arrival of their newest member.

Chalford pensioner Gerald Gardiner, 86, brought his family together to welcome the arrival of his great-great-grandson, Frankie Carman.

The family came together on their annual skittles day which raises money for the Sue Ryder hospice that cared for Mr Gardiner’s late wife, Maureen.

This year, baby Frankie was centre of attention at the fundraiser after mum Rhiannon, 23, gave birth to him in June.

Rhiannon, from Stonehouse, is one of Mr Gardiner’s 17 great-grandchildren.

He also has nine grandchildren, including Rhiannon’s dad, Christopher May, 42.

“I’m not sure I like admitting to the fact that I am a great-great-grandfather,” said Mr Gardiner who worked at the Fibrecrete factory during his working life.

“It makes me sounds as if I am really old.”

Mr Gardiner’s daughter, Sue Burton, 64, said, “We are really proud of Rhiannon and how well she is doing with baby Frankie.”

“That we all live in Stroud means we are all close and on hand to help out with time and love.”

Mr Gardiner added, “There can’t be many families in Stroud celebrating that they have five generations alive.”

At the fundraiser, held at Chalford Sports and Social Club, the family raised a total of £142 for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton.

Next year they are hoping to fundraise for a bench in Maureen’s memory to be installed at the Club.

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