Her family decided not to tell her earlier. Team GB flew in to Heathrow on a specially chartered plane on Tuesday morning to great fanfare, however Sam decided to catch a flight to Manchester Airport straight away to visit Dolly in hospital in Wirral.
Speaking to her grandmother after arriving at the hospital ward, she said: “I wanted to come up here and see you. I’ve left the team in London. You were my priority, Nanna, to coming back.” They shared an emotional embrace when Sam entered the ward, and holding back tears, she told her grandmother: “I promised you, didn’t I, that I’d come back with a gold medal and I’m so so glad that you can see it now.”