Today, my wonderful granny Eve turns 95 years young and I couldn’t be more grateful to have this incredible woman in my life.
It’s difficult to describe granny in words alone. She truly lights up any room she walks into and her boundless energy and infectious positivity has led her on an incredible life journey.
From disguising herself as a boy to take glider lessons to enlisting with the Women’s Royal Navy Service during the war, to establishing the Eve Branson Foundation in Morocco at the age of 81 and receiving an Achievement Award from UN Women for Peace Association age 94 – Granny is the greatest female role model I know.
Granny has taught me to always stand behind my children and let them follow their greatest passions – even if it might be going against the grain. Granny confessed it worried her enormously when Dad dropped out of school, but she trusted his vision and gave him the support he needed to make it a reality.
Dad has always said that he could never have become the entrepreneur he is today without his mum. Granny (alongside my wonderful Granddad, Ted) supported Dad’s wild dreams since day dot and was his very first investor – even though they had little to spare themselves.
Granny was also the queen of tough love. Cue the time when Dad was five and Granny dropped him off in the countryside and let him navigate the three-mile journey home himself. She thought it was high-time he leant a bit of resilience and independence and she is quite certain it helped Dad overcome his (then) crippling shyness.
The tough love has always been balanced by Granny’s enormous heart and selflessness. She puts her family above everything and has always taught us that you can only count an achievement as a success if no-one is hurt along the way.
An unquenchable thirst for life paired with an obligatory whiskey soda, Granny Eve enriches the lives of almost everyone she meets.
Thank you, Granny, and wishing you a very happy birthday today.