Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
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Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Monday 5 May 2014

Esther Rantzen, The One Show part 2.

I spent this afternoon with Esther Rantzen, following up on the first item about denied contact with grandchildren that was aired 3 months ago.
Thank you to the many hundreds of people who wrote to her, she brought 4 large box files full of them.
Reading through just a few of them was very difficult, so much pain and despair.
Esther said that she could only read a few at a time, as it was so distressing.
She has read every one of them.
Some of the most powerful ones were from grandchildren themselves.
Children who are feeling it is their fault, children who have lost a grandparent and worried because they could never tell them how much they loved them, not even being allowed to go to their funeral.
We have to find a way through this, to stop children being burdened with this, it should not be part of their world.
The programme is due to be aired on Thursday at 7pm, as always with these items I am not responsible for what happens in the editing process.

1 comment:

  1. cherrie Williams11 May 2014 at 07:41

    I absolutely agree I feel desperate to see my grandsons they nor I should be involved in there parents problems. I also hate to think they will be blaming themselves. X