Why family is so important to me

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I’m a family man first and foremost. Although I’ve worked hard in life to make a success of my business ventures, none of it matters compared to the love I have for my wife Lorna, my children and grandchildren.

You can’t put a price on family and, as they grow so fast, it’s so vital to make the most of every precious moment. Often work takes us away from the one’s we care about, especially in my field, but it’s important to keep our priorities straight and recognise what counts before it’s too late!

Like every grandparent, I adore my grandchildren. I have eight in total (for now), but sadly as many of my children live in other countries, I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like. But I try and keep in touch via Skype, telephone and e-mail as much as possible between visits.

My youngest grandchild, Sofia, was born last December – what a fantastic Christmas present! She is my eldest son’s first child, and luckily for us, Grant and his wife Enrica live in London, so we were able to spend Christmas with them all. For the last few months, Lorna and I have spent a lot of time away, mostly in the South of France, so I haven’t been able to see even her as often as I would really like, but having her in London makes it a whole lot easier than flying to and from Australia and America to see the rest of them.

As every parent and grandparent will tell you, the years fly by in a flash, so make the most of them! Where does the time go? It feels like just a few weeks ago I was holding Sofia for the first time and now she’s suddenly seven months old!

To see what I mean, I’ll show you a few photos of her then and now. And let me tell you, her personality has grown as much as she has!

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