Suffolk woman a granny at 33!

At 33, Kendra Bargewell would certainly not look out of place in a mother-and-baby group or postnatal clinic.But although many would mistake the midwifery student for the mother of six-month-old Bradley, she is actually his grandmother.

At 33, Kendra Bargewell would certainly not look out of place in a mother-and-baby group or postnatal clinic.

But although many would mistake the midwifery student for the mother of six-month-old Bradley, she is actually his grandmother. Mrs Bargewell was just 32 when she became a gran - although she refuses to use the word, because “it sounds too old” and prefers to be called nanny instead.

Her daughter, Faye, 18, is Bradley's mother, and says she is pleased she has had Bradley young because she wants the same close relationship with her children that she has had with her own mother.

She contacted the EDP, the Evening Star's sister paper in Norwich, after reading about Tara Bailee, from Harleston, who became a grandmother at 35. Miss Bailee will be featured on a BBC3 programme, called Britain's Youngest Grannies, to be screened on Monday night.

But although Mrs Bargewell, who lives in Ilketshall St Andrew, near Bungay, is not featured on the programme, she is quite possibly the country's youngest grandmother.

She said: “People call me the glamorous granny! I fell pregnant with Faye at 14 and had her at 15, and then Faye got pregnant at 16 and had him when she was 17.

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“When she told me she was pregnant that was a shock, no doubt about it. I had a good cry when she told me, but within a few weeks of her telling me I was really excited.

“I am so proud of Faye. She has done really well.”

Not surprisingly, they cause some confusion when they are out together. The Beccles teenager said: “Quite a few people have thought we are sisters. If she is pushing him people ask her questions as if she is his mum.”

Miss Bargewell lives with her partner of three years, Jake Klein, who is a scaffolder. She had not been planning to become a mum quite so soon, but said: “I wouldn't change him for the world.”

And she never wanted to wait too long before having children. “I wanted to have children young because my mum had us young and it meant there wasn't much age difference between us. I am really close to my mum and that is what I wanted to have with my children.”

Despite becoming parents at such a young age, Mrs Bargewell and her husband, Des, who also works for a scaffolding company, have been together ever since, and they have three other children.

And apart from helping out with her grandson, Mrs Bargewell is now concentrating on her career and is studying full-time for a midwifery degree at UEA. Her daughter, who dropped out of her hairdressing course at City College Norwich after she fell pregnant, plans to return to college later and wants to work with children.

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