Super Gramps clears paths of snow and ice

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The proud granddaughter of a Cosham man is praising her 'Super Gramps' for selflessly helping others during the icy weather.

Ernie Worboys, 77, worked as a builder and painter and decorator before retiring.

But five years ago he fell off a roof and suffered serious injuries.

He broke his pelvis in four places plus his shoulder blade and three ribs and also punctured his lung.

His granddaughter, Amber Watkinson, of Somers Road, Southsea, says her grandfather had to learn how to walk again.

The 25-year-old mechanic explains: 'My grandad had been in Gosport helping a friend with some roof work when he fell.

'He had all those injuries but he just passed it off as backache.

'They were quite bad and he couldn't walk for 10 weeks. In the end he had to learn how to do so again.'

Despite what happened to him, Ernie is determined to help out in the community.

With the recent bad weather and heavy snowfall, Ernie has been working hard to make sure his street is safe.

For the past two years he has worked tirelessly to clear ice and snow from pathways outside homes in Cliffdale Gardens, Cosham, where he lives.

'He's such a great man,' adds Amber.

'He deserves a bit of recognition as he looks after the people in his road by shovelling and scraping away the ice on his own.

'He does this on the steep road that leads into his home all the way to the top so people can come in and out of Cliffdale Gardens.

'He also makes sure everyone is set for milk and bread and other essential food and drink items.'

Amber says her grandfather, who is also know as Grandad Van, because he drives a van, is always there to help his family.

Ernie has two children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with a 12th on the way.

Amber says: 'He is a wonderful grandad and doesn't have any regard for himself.

'He will go out of his way to make sure people are safe, and doesn't expect so much as a thank you in return.

'I wanted to let him know his family love him very much and appreciate all that he does.

'We also want to say thank you for everything he does for the family and the residents of Cliffdale Gardens, where he has been living for more than 20 years.

'He's great – he never says no and always helps out which is why we call him Super Gramps and we all love him so much.'

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