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Inspirational Generation

Mark Gale

Mark Gale

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Lifestyle

Are you member of the Inspirational Generation?

Enter our competition and tell us why - you could be in with the chance of winning £2,000!*


Here at McCarthy & Stone, we believe that you’ve all got stories to tell. Whether they’re stories of exploration, commitment, bravery, determination, learning, or passions rekindled. They could be stories behind the things we love doing; stories we’ve kept to ourselves; stories we’ve yet to tell; stories we want to tell.

Maybe the stories aren’t yours, perhaps you know someone with an inspirational story? Whatever your inspirational story is, we want to hear it, no matter how big or small! The most inspired will win amazing prizes and experiences, so tell us your inspirational stories today.




"I absolutely love being a grandparent, and I am incredibly lucky to have family who are forever asking lots of questions – both about my past and the things I’m up to now. I love watching their reactions when I tell them stories going back to my youth. It really is lovely to take them with me down memory lane from time to time.

“I would urge people of all generations to get talking. Next time you see your grandparents, ask them about their past and what they got up in their younger days. I’m pretty sure they will have a fascinating and inspiring story to tell, and they will be thrilled to be able to share it with you. And, I’m sure you’ll be equally thrilled to nominate them for an inspirational award!"
Gloria Hunniford

In a bid to find out more about what we believe is a truly inspirational generation, we polled 100 young people between the age of 5-18 to understand their feelings about their Grandparents. We wanted to know how much the younger generation knew about their elders.

93%
of parents actively encourage their child(ren) to spend time with their Grandparent(s).
36%
of children aged 5-18 live only 15 minutes away from their Grandparent(s).

Did the children surveyed know what their Grandparent(s) did for their main career?

65%
Yes
30%
No
5%
Didn’t know
55%
of 5-18 year olds have never spoken to their Grandparent(s) about their proudest achievements

Did those surveyed know if their Grandparent(s) have any specific talents or skills?

56%
Yes
30%
No
14%
Didn’t know

Children thought their Grandparent(s) possessed the following skills:

51%
of those surveyed admit they had never thought to ask their Grandparent(s) about their history or achievements...
...even though
47%
of those surveyed say they see their Grandparent(s) once a week.

Children say they visit their Grandparent(s) for the following reasons:

Here at McCarthy & Stone, we’re surprised that the younger generation is not benefitting from the knowledge and capabilities of their grandparents. We know this generation have lived full lives with heroic tales to tell and so much to offer, but how many of us have actually thought to ask these questions of our older family members?

We want to shout about the amazing feats retirees have achieved in their lifetime and put the spotlight on the wonderfully colourful lives of today’s older people. We are calling on parents and children to talk to their grandparents, find out what they have done in their lives – and continue to do, and tell us all about it so we can give them the credit they deserve.

You can submit your own story or submit one of an individual whose story deserves to be heard. Just enter your own details and story in the form below and, if you’re submitting someone else, be sure to enter their story and phone number. Whatever your or your nominee’s story, we want to know and by doing so you or they could be crowned our Inspiration Generation winner.

Entries for our Inspirational Generation competition have now closed. We'll be updating this page with those shortlisted so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

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