Royal honour for couple devoted to other people

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DEDICATED volunteers Barbara and Terry Smith are to receive the royal seal of approval for their hard work running a luncheon club and activities at a Sheffield sheltered housing complex.

The couple, who live at Sheffield Homes’ Welwyn Court sheltered scheme, Basegreen, were among 60 people in Yorkshire to receive Diamond Champions awards for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Now Barbara has also been selected as one of 10 people across the country to receive a national award from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in a reception at St James’s Palace.

Terry has been invited to join her as her guest.

The couple, who met in 1964 while working on the buses, when Terry was a driver and Barbara was a ‘clippie’, were both chosen to become regional Diamond Champions out of 4,500 entrants.

Since Barbara, aged 65, retired from working in a city centre shop, she has run a lunch club every weekday for tenants in the scheme, as well as elderly people living in the neighbourhood.

She does all the shopping and cooks healthy meals, including desserts, and even provides diabetic options. Meals are even delivered to tenants unable to get into the dining room.

Terry, 71, a housing warden for 28 years before his retirement, runs a coffee morning three times a week