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All smiles for Hatton gran as prize says thank you

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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A HUMBLE Hatton grandmother has been given a new smile, as a result of the grins she has placed on the faces of others.

Yvonne Wootton was the lucky winner in a makeover competition run by Tutbury Dental Practice, which saw her receive a full makeover – including top dental treatment.

She was picked for the prize after the nomination from her granddaughter Hannah – who lives with her grandmother – caught the eyes of the judges.

The 16-year-old told staff how Mrs Wootton, 63, had taken in her and her brother when she was just a few months old, as their mum was too unwell to look after them.

She gave up her job as a demonstrator so she and her partner Chris could dedicate themselves to looking after the siblings.

Mrs Wootton said: “We didn’t stop to think twice. It was the right thing to do.”

Hannah, with the support of her brother Joshua and their grandmother’s partner, nominated her as a way of saying thank you for all she had done.

But when she found out she had won the humble grandmother could not quite believe it, saying she thought the £6,000 prize had gone to the wrong person.

“I really didn’t think I should have won. I thought someone else deserved it more. It took a long time to get my head around it, and I’m so glad I did,” she added.

Gill Haskell, who owns the Monk Street practice, said she had no idea what the competition would turn out when it was launched in the autumn.

“In this case it was meant to be that Yvonne was our winner.

“I have never met a more deserving person and if we have been able to change her life as a result then that’s all the more rewarding for us,” she said.

As well as her new smile, Mrs Wootton was treated to a range of beauty treatments and a new hairstyle, as well as a photo shoot.

“It was a fantastic experience,” she said.

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