Seven decades of volunteering for a Sheffield pensioner has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen at this year’s Maundy Thursday celebrations.
Celebration of volunteering
82-year-old Doris Proctor – a resident of Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Housing – received a special gift of Maundy Money to honour her service to the community and Church of England, to mark Maundy Thursday.
Doris’ commitment to volunteering began in 1944 at age 11 when she started working with the Junior Red Cross, before moving on to volunteer for the National Hospital Service Reserve, part of the country’s civil defence during the post-war period.
After a chance meeting with a colleague from her time with the Red Cross, Doris moved back to the organisation, clocking up a 19 year volunteering stint.
Today, Doris volunteers at the Advice Centre in Firth Park offering guidance and support to the local community, a position she’s held for 27 years. As secretary and treasurer for the women’s group at St James and St Christopher Church in Shiregreen, the pensioner also donates her time at a local art group.
Doris said: “It was such a surprise and honour to be nominated to receive Maundy Money. It’s something I just didn’t expect, but it was a real privilege to know that my volunteering work has benefited the Sheffield community, and of course to meet The Queen.”
Sanctuary Housing’s director of neighbourhoods, Colleen Eccles, added: “It’s fantastic that one of our residents has been recognised for their community work in such an exciting way, and everyone is very proud of Doris and what she’s achieved.”
This year’s Maundy Thursday service in Sheffield saw The Queen join more than 1,000 residents at the city’s cathedral, a first for South Yorkshire in more than 900 years of the custom’s history.
Traditionally the monarch hands out Maundy Money to people over the age of 70 in recognition of their community work, with the number of recipients and amount of money related to The Queen’s age – 89 men and 89 women each received this year’s gift of a specially minted 89 pence.
Official pictures of the ceremony are available through the Press Association.