I can't wait for the adventures I'll have with my grandkids
Helen Campbell was apprehensive when her eldest daughter Sorcha told her she was to become a grandmother at the age of 60.
"It was nothing to do with my age," she explains. "I was concerned whether I would be a good enough grandmother. I work full-time and therefore wouldn't be in a position to do a lot of babysitting or childminding. But I needn't have worried. My grandchildren offer total, unconditional acceptance and I found it surprising how relaxed I was with them."
Director of education and training at Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes positive ageing, Helen is now a full-on, doting grandmother to Joshua (3) and James (20 months). They visit Grandma once a week and she cherishes every moment they spend together.
"Molly, our little Jack Russell, is a great attraction, but mostly they like me to read them a story, or just listen to what they've done during the week. It's such a joy to watch their development.
"The day Joshua was born my husband and I got a call from our son-in-law to say that Sorcha had gone into labour and would love for us to come to the hospital. I was very touched that she wanted to share that special day with us. When we went in to see him I was surprised by the immediate bond I felt.
"It's a special relationship. I hope I will be the kind of grandmother they can tell things to, and when they're a little older I look forward to us having adventures together."