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Georgina's moving TV story of growing up with an older father

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

  • Georgina Trevor was just 15 when her 83-year-old father died. She has now made a TV film about older parents

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A Westcountry woman has made a short but powerful film revealing the trauma she suffered growing up with a young mother and an elderly father.

When Georgina Trevor, from Exeter, was born her mum was 30 – but her dad was already 68.

At the delicate age of 15 – a time when teenage girls are coping with surging hormones and complicated peer group problems – she had to contend with the death of her 83-year-old father, Tudor.

Now 24, she explains how the constant worry that he was going to die cast a long shadow over her childhood and adolescence.

"On my first day of school I was walked to the playground clutching the hand of my father, then aged 73," she said.

"I always knew my dad was older than normal, but found it frightening to think he would probably die a lot sooner than most fathers.

"While I loved my father very much and feel very lucky to have had him in my life for 15 years – I still believe that spending my childhood and adolescence watching his mental and physical decline has shaped me, my relationships and the way I see the world as an adult."

Georgina now works for the charity project Fixers which helps 16 to 25-year-olds address issues they feel strongly about.

This has given her the support to create her own documentary to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by children who have an older parent.

She wants her documentary, When I'm 64, to encourage older people to consider the long-term effects of having children later in life.

And she hopes it will improve the emotional support children receive from teachers, youth workers, health professionals and the older parents themselves.

"I think it's really important for older parents to have an open discourse with their children about what could happen," she added.

"It is really important for a parent to face those hard truths with their child while they're still around to help them put in place a process for them to move on and lead a happy, healthy life."

The Fixers project was created by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust funded by the Big Lottery Fund which awarded £7.2 million in April 2012.

Georgina will talk about her film on ITV Westcountry tomorrow at 6pm.

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