Grandmother left shocked, humbled and honoured to receive Royal Maundy

Maundy money receprient Maureen Benfold, of Balby. Picture: Marie Caley NSST 31-03-15 Benfold MC 2
Maundy money receprient Maureen Benfold, of Balby. Picture: Marie Caley NSST 31-03-15 Benfold MC 2
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A Doncaster grandmother says she does not feel deserving enough to have received the Maundy money - despite being involved in church and her community for 20 years.

Maureen Benfold, aged 74, has been involved in the weekly communion at retirement accommodation at Westbourne Gardens, Balby, where she lives, since 1995.

Margaret Fellows from ST Mary's Church in Worsborough will be receiving the Maundy Money from The Queen on Thursday. Margaret is pictured with Rev Alison Earl who nominated her.

Margaret Fellows from ST Mary's Church in Worsborough will be receiving the Maundy Money from The Queen on Thursday. Margaret is pictured with Rev Alison Earl who nominated her.

She said: “It was a big, big shock and something that happens to other people. It really hasn’t sunk in. There have got to be people out there more deserving.

“It’s an honour that is so precious. I feel so honoured and so humbled to receive it.

“The money will be kept and handed down. It’s something that has happened in our family and might never happen again.”

Maureen is now a worship leader along with her husband and the church warden. The couple are also involved with the church choir and Dennis is responsible for bookings at the community hall.

She said: “For the last eight years church has really been our lives - we just love it.

Barnsley pensioner Margaret Fellows loves people and has spent most of her life involved with the church.

The former secretary, from Birdwell, spent 30 years working with young people and their parents during her time with Westleigh Reform Church in Wath-upon-Dearne.

She would help take youngsters on breaks to the seaside, and was also part of a leadership team that would take 120 children from across the UK on holidays.

In recent years, she has been heavily involved with St Mary’s Church in Worsborough, where, along with attending services ,she set up a weekly drop-in session for the local community.

Margaret, who attended yesterday’s service with The Reverend Alison Earl, who nominated her for the honour, said: “I just love people. Working with people and listening to them is so rewarding.

“It was such a shock when I discovered I would be receiving the Maundy money.

“I had to read the letter three times.”