Carer shares memories of Winnie the Pooh family

PUBLISHED: 16:39 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 19 October 2017

Clare Milne, granddaughter of AA Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh

Clare Milne, granddaughter of AA Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh


Mum-of-two Christina Gosling has spoken of her time caring for Clare Milne, from Otterton, who was the daughter of Christopher Robin Milne who inspired the famous Winnie the Pooh stories.

A woman who helped care for the Otterton granddaughter of Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne has shared some of her memories of the famous family.

Mum-of-two Christina Gosling, aged 57, from Plymouth, has spoken of her time caring for Clare Milne, the daughter of Christopher Robin Milne who inspired the famous Winnie the Pooh stories.

Clare, from Otterton, who died in 2012 aged 56, had cerebral palsy and kyphosis, requiring 24-hour care, was looked after by Christine when she visited a care home in Plymouth every summer.

Christine’s recollections of the Milne family coincide with a new film Goodbye Christopher Robin, based on tales of Christopher Robin Milne and his famous bear, Winnie the Pooh.

The carer was given a signed book by Christopher Robin in the 1980s after Christine’s car was hit accidentally by a vehicle carrying the Milne family.

Christine, then aged 19, looked after Clare during her annual stays at Rowan House, in Plymouth. It was during that time she got to know the family, who were then living in Dartmouth.

A decade later, after Christopher’s wife, Lesley, accidentally reversed into Christina’s car, she received an apology by way of a signed book The Path Through the Trees, written by Christopher Milne, with a personal dedication.

“As part of my job and keeping things professional, I would never dream of questioning him about his story,” said Christine.

“You would never know who he was; he was completely unassuming and never let his fame be known.

“I wasn’t given my book until the end of my time at Rowans so until then I was quite unfamiliar with his story.

“When I watched the film I noticed all the similarities between Christopher and Clare and thought how fantastic it was that he was following in his father’s footsteps.

“It made me feel very proud to have met him because I have always thought the stories of Winnie the Pooh were magical.”

Christine added: “It was such a pleasure to care for Clare. She had such a lovely disposition.

“She always had fun; she used to scream with laughter.”

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