'I'd really like a granny!' - Migrant mum launches website connecting families with surrogate grandparents

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A British mother who longed for her parents after moving to New Zealand 13 years ago has created a surrogate grandparents website for migrants that want to fill the same void. 

Jo Hayes and her two children.

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Auckland mother-of-two Jo Hayes launched Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand last week after she thought, "I'd really like a granny!", and realised other New Zealanders might also feel disconnected from their families overseas. 

Ms Hayes' website, that she funded from her own pocket, allows for families who are seeking grandparents and elderly people who may feel lonely to connect.

"I just want to help families, make people happy and give them that support they need," Ms Hayes told 1 NEWS NOW. 

So far, Ms Hayes has mostly received applications from families wanting a grandparent. 

She plans on going into retirement homes and communities to spread the word among older people. 

Ms Hayes has taken appropriate steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved - every application must include a police checking form.

At the moment she is "gathering troops" across the country. 

She has set up a Give A Little page hoping to receive enough funds for the website to match nearby families and grandparents together on its own. 

Ms Hayes is shocked at the amount of positivity she has had towards her idea. 

"So many families have said to me, 'We need this!'," she says. "I didn't realise such an impact it'd have on people."

- By 1 NEW NOW reporter Madison Reidy

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