Stoke's 'Story Grandad', who 'adopted' 81 kids from local kindy, hailed for giving his time to others

Known as ‘Story Grandad’ by his 81 ‘adopted’ grandkids at Stoke Kindergarten near Nelson, Darryl Pynsent, who has no grandchildren of his own, has swiftly been adopted by the children there.

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Darryl Pynsent has no grandkids of his own, but has been adopted by the youngsters at Stoke Kindy. Source: Seven Sharp

A pensioner in his mid-70s, Darryl volunteers at the kindy many days a week, as well as other worthy causes.

He’s always getting stuck in and helping his neighbourhood by planting a big share garden.

Darryl is described as the “happiest, most cheerful person ever” by one of the mothers.

For his ASB Good as Gold – Santa Edition prize, ASB gave Darryl $4000 to spend on himself for a change.