Great grandmother meets newborn for the first time as lockdown lifts

09 July 2021

Local care home resident Gwen Smith met her great granddaughter for this first time ever this month as lockdown restrictions begin to ease at Chilton Meadows Bupa Care Home.

Gwen became a great grandmother for the second time this year, as baby Lacey became the newest addition to the family on 18th March 2021.

The home organised a ‘pod visit’ for Gwen’s granddaughter, Laura, to come and see her in a safe environment. The home has carefully been welcoming family back for visiting since April, implementing safety measures and creating special visiting areas, with Perspex screens and PPE to maximise protection for residents.

Now that baby Lacey is nearly three months old, she finally had the chance to meet her great grandmother.

When asked about the experience, Gwen said: “I loved being able to hold her, she is a gorgeous little one. I am so happy for my granddaughter.”

“I now look at the photo of me holding Lacey every day, as my carers have kindly printed a copy off and put it on my wall.”

Gwen grew up and lived in Ipswich for most of her life. She and her husband, Michael, had two children, Michael and Susan. She is now a proud mother of two, grandmother of 4 and great grandmother of two.

Gwen said: “I always say that my greatest achievement is my family. We are all very close and family is the most import thing of all.”

Tania Thompson, Home Manager at Chilton Meadows Bupa Care Home, said: “It was such an honour to be a part of the meeting. It was truly a magical moment watching Gwen hold her baby granddaughter for the first time, it was an emotional day for the family and all the carers at Chilton Meadows.

“We make every effort to help our residents enjoy family occasions and I am pleased to say that we can safely welcome visitors back to the home.”

Chilton Meadows Bupa Care Home is situated in Stowmarket and welcomes residents in need of nursing or residential care, including those living with dementia and Parkinson’s. For further information, please visit

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