THE Prince of Wales turns 70 today – and to mark the occasion he will celebrate alongside inspirational Sun readers also reaching this landmark birthday.
From fundraisers to football coaches, we are honouring Britain’s most deserving people at this birthday party like no other.
As Prince Charles turns 70, The Sun is marking the occasion in a very special way
We asked for nominees who have brightened up the lives of others and who, like Prince Charles, were born in 1948.
Today the super 70 – including Age UK volunteer Eileen Thomson, inset top, who also met Charles in 1982, above – will attend an exclusive tea party at posh Spencer House, in central London.
Prince Charles – joined by the Duchess of Cornwall – will be guest of honour at our exclusive bash.
We profile the winners of this special birthday honour.
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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be guests of honour at our exclusive tea party
- 1 ‘Meeting Charles? Things like this don’t happen to people like me’
- 2 ‘I’ll still cook on my birthday’
- 3 ‘I saw him at 2015 VJ Day ceremony. Looking forward to seeing him again’
- 4 ‘I’m taking my birthday money to Sri Lanka to help sick children’
- 5 ‘Scouting is great for young. I am proud to have made a difference’
- 6 ‘My life is all about helping young people turn away from crime’
- 7 ‘The royals do a great job representing Britain and support great causes’
- 8 ‘I ran Brownie unit for 32 years. Everyone calls me Brown Owl’
- 9 ‘I volunteer in the hospital cafe – the patients know me and pop in’
- 10 ‘I met Charles at Quo’
- 11 ‘I knit blankets for babies – and I have one for Harry and Meghan’
- 12 ‘I’m so busy at RVS, I take my coat off and then it’s time to put it on!’
- 13 ‘I’m an hour older than Charles so I get national anthem on my birthday’
- 14 ‘I watched Charles’ wedding from under Sun photographer’s ladder’
- 15 ‘We volunteer to sing carols at hospices and it helps patients’
- 16 ‘Royal parties are a tradition. I went to the Queen Mum’s 100th’
- 17 ‘I’ve been around Highgrove. I see why Charles loves his gardens’
- 18 ‘Working with children is so rewarding. I’ll help anybody’
- 19 ‘I held Charles’s hand and said, “It’s my birthday today too!” ’
- 20 ‘Being invited to the Prince’s birthday party is so humbling’
- 21 ‘I love knitting but doing it for charity and the community is extra-special’
- 22 Heroine helps women
- 23 ‘It’s great being able to give back to my community and local teams’
- 24 ‘I help the blind, elderly and kids with learning difficulties – it’s never dull’
- 25 ‘Supporting family and running to raise cancer cash keeps me busy’
- 26 ‘I have met the Queen twice and I would love to meet Charles’
- 27 ‘I will tell Charles that 1948, the year we were born, was the best ever’
- 28 ‘I’ve been foster carer for 45 years. It’s hard to say goodbye to babies’
- 29 ‘As a church volunteer, I organise food collections for poor people ’
- 30 Sheila is a lollipop legend
- 31 ‘One good thing from cancer was making friends in support group’
- 32 ‘Twenty years working for disabled charity and I’ve enjoyed it all’
- 33 ‘Brain tumour hasn’t beaten me, now I’m dedicated to making kids happy’
- 34 ‘When my wife was diagnosed with MS I knew I had to raise cash’
- 35 ‘I’ve never met a Royal so am really looking forward to Charles’ party’
- 36 ‘I love my job, meeting and helping people from all walks of life’
- 37 ‘Giving up my free time to help elderly people keeps me going’
- 38 ‘I thought my daughter was pulling my leg when she nominated me’
- 39 ‘I remember pictures of Charles in the Fifties. I feel part of the family!’
- 40 ‘It’s important poor local people have a space they can take pride in’
- 41 ‘I saw how the Prince’s Trust changed the lives of young people’
- 42 Champ of the disabled
- 43 ‘Hubby had Parkinson’s but we got out and went on holidays’
- 44 ‘These kids get to be my family, it can be hard when they move on’
- 45 ‘Where there is a need, we get involved – I’ve got a great team’
- 46 ‘I never stop but that’s because I can help and I enjoy doing it’
- 47 ‘There’s no point in slowing down, and I think Charles feels the same’
- 48 ‘My house is full of stuff ready for next event – people always donate’
- 49 ‘I cannot see an older person in trouble without stopping to help’
- 50 40 years as Santa Claus
- 51 ‘Life is full and it’s lovely – I’ve been volunteering for many years’
- 52 ‘The football work keeps my brain active . . . this feels very special’
- 53 ‘Loneliness is a disease and getting a call can be magical’
- 54 ‘Watching young people have a good time is very rewarding’
- 55 ‘Mum was so proud that I was born shortly after the Prince’
- 56 ‘A 98-year-old told me the secret to long life is keeping busy’
- 57 ‘Around 30 ex-cops attend my coffee mornings every week’
- 58 ‘We arrange sports for people with learning disabilities’
- 59 ‘Retirement just didn’t suit me . . . so I started volunteering for charity’
- 60 ‘I really enjoy helping the elderly – they have some great stories to tell’
- 61 ‘The elderly become like family, you don’t feel like you are helping them’
- 62 Postie who still delivers
- 63 ‘I was chair of Assist UK, which set up disabled living centres’
- 64 ‘I returned to work despite cancer battle because I love my patients’
- 65 ‘Having lived in village since 1953, I care passionately about the place’
- 66 ‘After retiring I decided I would study philosophy. I love it. ’
- 67 ‘Susan was kind. She listened and, gradually, I could tell my story’
- 68 ‘Ran 20 marathons for charities and raised £5K for a sick baby’
- 69 ‘Last year in Newton Abbot we raised £34k for the Poppy Appeal’
- 70 ‘My way of thanking the hospital was to raise a few bob for them’
‘Meeting Charles? Things like this don’t happen to people like me’
WOMEN’S Institute group treasurer Kathleen Jowett visits elderly villagers with food she has rustled up for them in her kitchen.
Kathleen, of Thurgarton, Notts, was also the founding member of county-wide charity Reach, supporting children with learning difficulties.
Kathleen Jowett is Women’s Institute’s group treasurer and visits elderly villagers with food she has made
Kathleen said: “When I found out that I had been selected to join Prince Charles on his birthday, I cried.
“I just couldn’t believe it.
“Things like this don’t happen to ordinary people like me. Helping out other people just comes naturally to me, really.
“It’s something I have always enjoyed doing.”
‘I’ll still cook on my birthday’
ROSEMARIE BARRETT was due to be born on the same day as the Prince of Wales – but jokes she has “never forgiven” her mother for having her two days later.
She said: “I heard if you were born on the same day as Prince Charles, you were sent a special cup. I really wanted the cup. Now I have the chance to meet him, thanks to The Sun. Perhaps I will ask him if I can still have one!”
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Rosemarie Barrett volunteers with Paddington Arts helping young adults take part in Notting Hill Carnival
Rosemarie moved to the UK from Jamaica in 1964 – and embraced her new home of Kilburn, North West London.
She has volunteered with Paddington Arts for more than 30 years helping young adults take part in the Notting Hill Carnival.
She said: “I love sewing and making carnival costumes and it is great to help young people gain those skills too.”
The gran also cooks food for local elderly people, and takes them to GP appointments or visits them in hospital. She has also helped care for ones with cancer.
Every Friday, she dishes up meals at her local homeless centre, and said: “My 70th birthday falls on a Friday and people ask what I will do. I will do what I always do and work at the shelter. I love to cook and share my food with others, it gives me such joy.”
‘I saw him at 2015 VJ Day ceremony. Looking forward to seeing him again’
RETIRED policeman Simon Yarwood got an MBE after coming to the aid of two American tourists who had been in an accident.
Simon, of Leamington Spa, Warwicks, said: “One of them wrote to the Queen and told her how I’d helped. I ended up standing in front of her majesty to receive an MBE. It was a great honour.”
Simon Yarwood received an MBE after coming to the aid of two American tourists who had been in an accident
After 29 years with the Warwickshire Police Cadets, he retired in 1996. He has since volunteered for Springfield Mind and is a welfare volunteer for the National Association of Retired Police Officers.
Dad-of-three Simon, who is married to Jill, saw Prince Charles at the Victory in Japan ceremony in London in 2015.
He said: “It was boiling hot and he was in full regimental attire, but he took the time to chat to everyone. I am looking forward to being in the same room as him once again.”
‘I’m taking my birthday money to Sri Lanka to help sick children’
CHARITABLE Doreen Senior asked friends to donate cash instead of presents when she turned 70 – so she can use it to help sick children in Sri Lanka.
She will take the money to her home country next April to pay for kids’ hospital treatment.
Doreen Senior has asked friends to donate cash when she turns 70 so she use it to pay for kids’ hospital treatment
She said: “These children need the money more than I do. It can pay for operations. I’ve raised £300 so far – it will go a long way over there.
“I did a similar thing after the tsunami and used the money to buy food for families who had nowhere to live.”
Doreen, of Brighton, moved to England aged 19 to train as a nurse. She said: “I bought myself a one-way ticket.”
She now helps look after her grandkids and keeps fit at a boxing and martial-arts club.
‘Scouting is great for young. I am proud to have made a difference’
COMMITTED Caryl Gregory has been a Scout leader for 34 years – winning the Silver Acorn award in 2012 for her service.
Caryl, from Portchester, Hants, says: “I love working with children.
Caryl Gregory has been a Scout leader for 34 years and won the Silver Acorn award
“It’s an excuse to regress, because I never really wanted to grow up.
“I feel Scouting has a hugely positive impact on the lives of young people and can really make a huge difference, so I’m very proud of the work that we do.”
“I actually met my husband David when I was 21 and a Ranger, and he was a Deep Sea Scout. We fell in love and got married five years later.
“Our sons were also Scouts and I believe they wouldn’t be the men they are today without it.
“This invite is such an honour for me.”
‘My life is all about helping young people turn away from crime’
MAGISTRATE Robert Chapman had a career in international banking until he was made redundant 50 – but his life’s work has really been in the courts.
The dad-of-two from Longfield, Kent, started volunteering as a magistrate and soon became a chairman of the bench.
Robert Chapman is a magistrate who works to help young offenders
He said: “I like working on the youth panel as you get a chance to talk to the offenders about the serious nature of their actions and the consequences for others. I like to think I’ve made a difference.”
Robert is also a member of a prison monitoring board and a governor at Dartford Grammar School for Girls.
He was a keen hockey player in his youth and regularly umpires matches for a local women’s team.
‘The royals do a great job representing Britain and support great causes’
KEEN golfer Royston Mandy was instrumental in setting up a majorettes troupe for children in his community in the 1980s.
Royston, of South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, said: “We raised money for uniforms and equipment and the troupe performed around the county.
Royston Mandy worked to set up a majorettes troupe for children in his community
“I ran it for five years and my daughters were in the group.”
Royston, who worked as a print finisher and at one point had his own printing firm, also taught archery to beavers and other clubs and has raised money for leukaemia research after the death of a neighbour.
He is looking forward to meeting Prince Charles, and said: “The royals do a great job representing the country and are support great causes.
“I once saw the Queen when she opened a town square near where we live. I almost dropped my camera in the window of her car trying to get a photo.”
‘I ran Brownie unit for 32 years. Everyone calls me Brown Owl’
TO many women in Camberley, Surrey, Ann Turner will always be better known as Brown Owl.
Mum-of-two Ann said: “I ran a Brownie unit for 32 years, but at 65 had to retire.
Ann Turner ran a Brownie unit for 32 years
“My eldest daughter Karen took over but I still help out, so I’ve been involved for around 37 years.”
Ann, who worked in a care home and is married to Keith, 72, added: “I also help organise a Rainbows club. I love to see the girls gain confidence. They come in at age five, for two years, then can stay in Brownies until they are ten.
“You are part of the little girls’ lives, encouraging them. It’s nice when I’m walking down the street and someone will say,
‘Hello, Brown Owl’.
“It’s nice to be greeted by people.”
‘I volunteer in the hospital cafe – the patients know me and pop in’
AN avid Leicester City fan, Gillian Marriott is still mourning the death of the club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
She said: “My dad used to take me as a child. We’ve had a season ticket for a long time, so I’ve seen them through ups and downs.
Gillian Marriott volunteers in the cafe at Loughborough Hospital
“We saw them win the Premier League. This latest news is terribly, terribly sad.”
Gillian, from Shepshed, Leics, used to work in a university shop but now volunteers in the cafe at Loughborough Hospital.
She said: “I work there two mornings a week, but if people phone in sick often they will ask me, ‘Can you come in?’ Some weeks I work five mornings, but I love it. We collect books and do a bit of fundraising for the Royal Voluntary Service.
“I like interacting with the elderly people. They all know me and will pop in for a coffee after their appointments.”
‘I met Charles at Quo’
GRANNY Eileen Thomson met Prince Charles at a Status Quo gig, above, where he revealed he would be wearing earplugs to block the loud music.
Eileen, who met him before a Prince’s Trust show in Birmingham in 1982, said: “It was Charles’ first rock concert and he was actually quite nervous.
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Eileen Thomson volunteers for Age UK and works to combat isolation
“As he came along to me, he showed me the earplugs in his pocket. He asked me, ‘What shall I do?’. I told him, ‘Start with two and see how you go, you can always take one out’.
“Charles was lovely. He was only just engaged to Diana at that time. We were only supposed to talk to him for a few seconds but I hogged him for quite a while. We were laughing and talking about music.
“In the concert, I gave him a thumbs up. He put his thumb up and was tapping his foot.”
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Eileen met Prince Charles before a Prince’s Trust show in Birmingham at his first rock concert
Eileen, from Northampton, above inset as she is now, lost son Tony in a car accident when he was 25, and husband David passed away aged 45 in 1990. She has daughter Lisa, 46, and two grandchildren.
She worked in banking and volunteers for Age UK. She was nominated by local branch manager Vicky Denny, who said: “Without people like Eileen, many of the clients could be faced with isolation.”
‘I knit blankets for babies – and I have one for Harry and Meghan’
HOSPITAL volunteer Maureen Morgan has made a special something to give to Prince Charles at today’s birthday tea.
Maureen, who lives near Brentwood, Essex, said: “I have knitted hundreds of hats and blankets for premature babies at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Maureen Morgan is a hospital volunteer who has knitted hundreds of hats and blankets for premature babies
“I’ve got one in my lounge that I want to give to Prince Charles for Harry and Meghan’s baby to have. It’s not pink and it’s not blue, it’s a mixture of pale colours. I hope they would like it.”
Maureen volunteers at Brentwood Community Hospital every Friday, checking patients in for blood tests and sometimes serving in the shop.
She was a cook at boarding schools before retiring at 60.
Maureen is mum to Sadie, 45, and James, 43, and has three grand-kids – Henry, 20, Joseph, 13, and Frankie, two.
‘I’m so busy at RVS, I take my coat off and then it’s time to put it on!’
FORMER secretary Jan Cox has worked for the Royal Voluntary Service for five years, helping to organise social events for the elderly and paying home visits to the lonely.
The mum-of-two, from Banbury, Oxon, says: “I used to volunteer in a charity shop, then I met a lady who worked for the Royal Voluntary Service and that was something I was keen to get involved with.
Jan Cox has worked at the Royal Voluntary Service for five years where she pays home visits to lonely people
“I visit a lonely lady every Monday. We also organise quizzes and music events.
“It gives people something to look forward to. The worst thing about working each day for the RVS is that the time goes too quickly.
“I take my coat off and, before I know it, it’s time to put it back on again.”
‘I’m an hour older than Charles so I get national anthem on my birthday’
BUSINESSMAN Malcolm Selley, from Barry, on the South Wales coast, shares a birthday with Prince Charles.
He said: “I’m only an hour and a half older than him.
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Malcolm Selley is treasurer of the South Wales Classic Car Club which raises thousands for charities
“I still have the front page of the local paper which has a photo of my mother and me on it. I always remember having the National Anthem played on my birthday.
“My parents got a hamper that Christmas sent by Princess Elizabeth on behalf of the British Commonwealth and the United States. It wasn’t long after the war, so my parents would have been very grateful.”
Malcolm runs his own estate agency and lettings business.
He is married to Sheila, 69, and they have one son Leon, 45, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth, 15, and Ruby, ten.
A big fan of classic cars, Malcolm has been treasurer of the South Wales Classic Car Club since 2008, which raises thousands for charities.
‘I watched Charles’ wedding from under Sun photographer’s ladder’
WHEN Prince Charles married Camilla, Keith Liddaman walked five miles to the Guild-hall in Windsor and watched the ceremony from beneath a Sun photographer’s ladder.
Keith, of Shepperton, Surrey, said: “I love walking. At that time I lived not too far from Windsor and thought I’d go and have a look.
Keith Liddaman watched Charles marry Camilla through the lens of a Sun photographer’s camera
“I didn’t realise how busy it would be. A Sun photographer was standing on a ladder so he could get a good view.
“I watched the entire wedding from underneath his steps. I had a prime view.
“Camilla looked smashing. They both looked very happy. It was a marriage made in heaven.”
Keith, a retired management consultant, is just one day older than the Prince of Wales.
‘We volunteer to sing carols at hospices and it helps patients’
SELFLESS Malcolm Reid a retired salesman with British Airways, was nominated to attend Prince Charles’ birthday tea party after volunteering for cancer charity Maggie’s.
He started singing in the charity choir after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Malcolm Reid volunteers for cancer charity Maggie’s where he sings in the choir
Malcolm, from Acton, West London, said: “They say singing boosts the immune system and I’m still here, so it’s certainly worked for me.
“When my treatment was finished, I decided to volunteer at Maggie’s and now, at Christmas, we perform at local hospitals.
“Some of the patients can barely move but they love to sing along to the carols – I think it makes a real difference.”
‘Royal parties are a tradition. I went to the Queen Mum’s 100th’
CHURCH warden Teresa O’Connell is described as a “wonderful mum and grandma” by daughter Rosemary, 48.
She said: “Mum has supported the church all her life. In her youth, she was in the choir and rang bells in Dagenham, Essex.
Teresa O’Connell works hard to keep her church in Barking going
She is now a church warden in Barking. Without her like, it would be hard for the church to keep going.”
Teresa, who worked on the buses and in insurance, also has son Andrew, 45, and seven grandkids.
Rosemary said: “My birthday is August 4, the same as the Queen Mother’s was.
“I went to her 100th birthday celebration after applying for tickets through The Sun and I took Mum. So royal parties are becoming a family tradition.”
‘I’ve been around Highgrove. I see why Charles loves his gardens’
WILDLIFE enthusiast Jacqui Collins, who shares her birthday with the Queen, adores Prince Charles’s garden.
Jacqui, from Swindon, Wilts, says: “I’ve been around his gardens in Highgrove. I always think I know how he feels about his garden, though mine is tiny in comparison.
Jacqui Collins has spent her life volunteering for wildlife charities
“He collects terracotta, he collects pebbles and he likes old wood. I always think, ‘Yes, I’m on the same wavelength’. I’ve always been a big fan of the Royal Family, but I’ve never met any of them before.”
Jacqui, who worked as a receptionist in a vets for 13 years, has spent her life volunteering for wildlife charities.
She said: “I’ve always been interested in wildlife and this gives me a huge sense of achievement.”
Jacqui has children Paul, 46, and Kelly, 47, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
‘Working with children is so rewarding. I’ll help anybody’
CHILDREN have been a big part of former teaching assistant Susan Ann Matkin’s life.
She worked with students with learning difficulties for 17 years, and since 1978 has been volunteering as Brown Owl with the Brownies.
Susan Ann Matkin has devoted her life to caring for children
She lives in Donisthorpe, Leics, and is a local councillor and volunteer at the village youth club.
She also helps out with the Rainbows group run by her daughter Sarah, 46.
Susan Ann said: “Working with children is so rewarding. I’ll do anything to help anybody, that’s just the way I am – so I was amazed when Sarah said she’d nominated me to attend the birthday celebrations with Prince Charles.
“It’s a great honour. My only dilemma is what to wear.”
‘I held Charles’s hand and said, “It’s my birthday today too!” ’
HOSPICE volunteer Yuriko Davis met Prince Charles once before, in her native Japan.
She said: “Charles and Diana came to a St George’s Society reception in Tokyo. They were walking together, shaking hands with everybody.
Yuriko Davis has raised funds for the St Peter’s Hospice Trust
“I was in the front row. I said, ‘Happy birthday’ and he said, ‘Thank you’.
“We shook hands and he was about to move on but I had hold of his hand. I said, ‘By the way, today is my birthday as well’.
“I’ve always admired Prince Charles for his hard work in the UK and around the world.”
Yuriko has lived in Bristol with her husband Malcolm, 69, for 24 years and has helped raise funds and organise events for the St Peter’s Hospice Trust.
‘Being invited to the Prince’s birthday party is so humbling’
SINCE retiring from his job at British Telecom, lifelong fundraiser Barry Palmer has volunteered as a trustee for the Ellenor hospice, an organisation in Kent and Bexley for families facing terminal illness.
Along with his wife Marion, 67, he also took part in a tandem charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising £14,000 to build a school in India.
Barry Palmer volunteers as a trustee for the Ellenor hospice which works with families facing terminal illness
Barry, of Petts Wood, Kent, says: “Being chosen to attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday tea celebration is very humbling.
“There are high-profile fundraisers who make much more money for charities, but for the children in the village outside Mumbai, who for the first time can use an indoor toilet, the difference is enormous.
“We haven’t stopped talking about the tea party. I’m just worried about what I’m going to say to the Prince, and my wife is worried about what to wear.”
‘I love knitting but doing it for charity and the community is extra-special’
DEDICATED Linda Smith volunteers at a St David’s Hospice Care charity shop.
She also knits poppies for Remembrance Day and daffodils for St David’s Day which are sold in the shop.
Linda Smith volunteers at a St David’s Hospice Care charity shop and knits poppies for Remembrance Day
Linda of Gwynedd, North West Wales said: “I volunteer in the hospice shop two days a week, doing a bit of cleaning and clearing up. I’m constantly knitting for them too.
“I’ve been knitting poppies for the window display. I love knitting and doing it for charity is extra-special. I think it’s important to help out in your local community.
“We need to look after each other and give back – I think that’s something Prince Charles believes in too.
“I’m really excited to go to Prince Charles’ birthday party. I’ve always thought that he seems like a really nice guy who really cares about the people.”
Heroine helps women
BACK in 1976, Jacqueline Jeynes fled from an abusive relationship with her five sons and all she could carry.
The devoted mother, from Aberaeron, Ceredigion, then worked three jobs – in a post office and as a barmaid and waitress – to ensure the family had a roof over their heads.
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Jacqueline Jeynes has represented UK women at the United Nations Congress in China
After studying part-time on a four-year teaching course, Jacqueline started her own business-training company.
She said: “I got married very young. At the reception my husband said, ‘You’re married to me now, you do what I say’. I laughed and he said, ‘I’m not joking’ – and he wasn’t.”
Jacqueline was nominated by second husband Leslie, 73, who she met in 1980. He said her story was an inspiration to other women in business.
She has also represented UK women at the United Nations Congress in China and has worked with The Prince’s Trust helping young entrepreneurs.
Jacqueline said: “I’ve worked on lots of projects to help young people start their own businesses. At the time we had loads of women entrepreneurs and nobody seemed to be doing anything to help them.”
Now Jacqueline volunteers with young mothers to help them gain NVQ skills.
‘It’s great being able to give back to my community and local teams’
KATHLEEN SHARPE volunteers at her local heritage centre and works as a parish councillor.
But that is not all. She also set up a local mother-and-baby group and drives a minibus to take elderly people to clubs and bingo.
Kathleen Sharpe works at her local heritage centre and as a parish councillor
And she said: “I’m also the treasurer for my local cricket team and the village hall.
“I love helping to decide where the money is spent in the community and supporting the cricket team and other clubs.”
The retired youth worker and mother of three, from Langwith, Derbys, said: “I just love being able to give something back to my community.”
‘I help the blind, elderly and kids with learning difficulties – it’s never dull’
GUIDE Dogs for the blind volunteer Brian Haslam works as a driver for the charity.
He was inspired to offer his services after a minor stroke at the age of 60 left him partially sighted in his right eye.
Brian Haslam volunteers at Guide Dogs for the Blind
Brian, from Lancashire, was forced to give up the motor mechanic business he had built up over 35 years, but said: “I decided I wanted to give back and start volunteering. I drive guide dogs and their owners to the vets and back.
“As well as being a driver, I also volunteer for my local council. I spend time with the elderly as well as children with learning difficulties through my local authority. I never have a dull day, especially as I’m also a granddad to eight.”
He is now thrilled to be going to Prince Charles’ birthday celebration. He said: “I had no idea I had been nominated until the Sun rang to tell me the news.
“I was so happy.”
‘Supporting family and running to raise cancer cash keeps me busy’
WHEN not helping out with her six grandchildren, Christine Reeve is busy raising money for charity.
She has volunteered at a shop at Woking Hospice for the past ten years.
Christine Reeve has volunteered at a shop at Woking Hospice for ten years
Christine, from Chertsey in Surrey, also runs to raise money for causes such as breast cancer research and the British Heart Foundation.
Christine and husband Roger, 74, have three lads and she cares for six grandkids.
She also cared for her own elderly parents until they died.
Christine said: “My family is very important to me. I love them dearly.”
The tea party with Prince Charles be extra special for Christine as it will be on her 43rd wedding anniversary.
‘I have met the Queen twice and I would love to meet Charles’
ARMY veteran Joseph Sale has met the Queen twice – but never Prince Charles.
Joseph served 23 years in the Royal Army Pay Corps before quitting to run a pub.
Joseph Sale is an army veteran and has been an admin officer, cadet instructor and executive chairman of the Royal Army Pay Corps Association in London
He then returned to the military as a reservist, serving with 66 Squadron near his home in Aylesbury, Bucks, and the Royal Artillery Company in London.
He said: “I’m a military man through and through. I have three of the medals Charles was awarded – the Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals. I met the Queen twice. I’d love to meet Charles.”
Joseph has also been an admin officer and a cadet instructor for Buckinghamshire Army Cadets, he runs a pub quiz every week and has been on quiz shows including 15 To 1 and Revenge of the Eggheads.
He’s Chairman of a domino group but says most youngsters prefer pool and darts. He’s also executive chairman of the Royal Army Pay Corps Association in London.
‘I will tell Charles that 1948, the year we were born, was the best ever’
HANDYMAN John Davies volunteers at the RAC Saddle Club equestrian centre in Bovington, Dorset, helping out with small jobs around the place.
John, from nearby Puddletown, said: “I’m so excited about meeting Prince Charles.
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John Davies volunteers his time at an equestrian centre helping whereever he can
“I’m going to tell him that 1948, the year we were both born, was the best year ever.
“We launched the NHS, World War Two was over, everything was new and fresh. To be a teenager then was unbelievable.”
‘I’ve been foster carer for 45 years. It’s hard to say goodbye to babies’
FOSTER carer Pauline Saunders is thrilled to be invited to Prince Charles’ celebration.
Pauline, from Hatt in Cornwall, said: “I’ve been a foster carer for 45 years.
Pauline Saunders has been a foster carer for 45 years
“I love babies and my husband John, 71, was adopted as a baby, so when my eldest son Ian, now 52, went to school, I decided to do it.
“We usually look after newborns. When I was younger, we would have up to three babies at a time.
“It’s such a rewarding job. And even though it’s hard to say goodbye, once we’ve met the adoptive parents and can see the babies are happy, it makes it all worthwhile.”
‘As a church volunteer, I organise food collections for poor people ’
ALICE PALIN has volunteered at her local church since retiring from diabetes education for the NHS.
Alice, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, said: “I stopped working last year, but I’ve always been involved in the church.
Alice Palin volunteers at the local church and visits vulnerable people who can’t leave their homes
“I visit vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes and I organise Lent and September food collections for the poor in my local community.
“When I got the call to say I was going to Prince Charles’ birthday celebration, I was very surprised – but delighted.
“Being the same age as Charles, I have watched him grow up over the years – so I am really looking forward to his party.”
Sheila is a lollipop legend
LOLLIPOP lady Sheila Allsopp became a much-loved figure in her local area after helping generations of children safely cross the road on the way to school.
Whatever the weather, Sheila, 70, would be a friendly face at the roadside in Loscoe, Derbys.
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Sheila Allsopp is a beloved figure in her local community after she was a lollipop lady for 38 yerars
Her daughter Jayne, 35, told The Sun: “Even if there was ice or snow, Mum would be there. She once fell and cracked her ribs as she landed on the lollipop, but a few days later she was back at work again. Everyone knew her and the children loved her kind and bubbly nature.
“Even after giving birth, she was straight back to work. My brothers Wayne and Dean would be at school and she would take me with her in a pushchair.”
Sheila was made redundant after 38 years of service and now volunteers for her local Age UK charity shop.
Jayne said: “Mum would never allow the elderly in our village to be lonely. She would keep them company. She would help out with shopping and cleaning.”
Sheila and husband Colin, 76, recently celebrated 47 years of marriage. Jayne added: “I’m thrilled Mum will get the opportunity to attend the tea party with Prince Charles. She was overwhelmed when I told her. I am proud to call her my mum.”
‘One good thing from cancer was making friends in support group’
AFTER being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago, Jenny Wright joined support group The Breast Of Friends.
Jenny, from Wakefield, West Yorks, who is now clear of the disease, has since raised lots of money for the group as well as other charities including the British Heart Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Jenny Wright has raised lots of money for group The Breast Of Friends and other charities
Jenny, who has daughters Katherine, 47, and Jill, 43, as well as four grandchildren, said: “Breast of Friends are a fantastic support group.
“For me, it’s one of the best things that came out of getting cancer. The friends I have made there are like my family, they’re fantastic.”
‘Twenty years working for disabled charity and I’ve enjoyed it all’
GRANDMOTHER-of-seven Marjory Cartwright cannot wait to finally get her chance to meet Prince Charles at his birthday tea.
Marjory, from Fife, said: “When I was a little girl, my mum would tell me that one day I would marry Prince Charles.
Marjory Cartwright has worked for the The Leonard Trust for 20 years
“I worked as a care assistant for The Leonard Trust – a charity that supports disabled people – for 20 years. It never felt like I was going to work because I enjoyed it so much.
“When I retired about seven years ago, I started to volunteer with the charity Boomerang. We take people with mental health problems out on trips and try to cheer them up a bit.”
‘Brain tumour hasn’t beaten me, now I’m dedicated to making kids happy’
SCHOOL caretaker Colin Dixon was nominated by his wife of 47 years, Christine, 68, for his dedication to the children at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School.
Though diagnosed with a brain tumour 14 years ago, Colin, of Stourbridge, West Mids, refused to give up work – dedicating his time to making the children at his school smile.
Colin Dixon is dedicated to the children in the school he works at
He said: “I love working with the kids. I like making them laugh and, when the new kids join in September, I always go round to the windows and write funny words on them with the soapy water.
“I like to make all the kids feel happy and safe. I love it there.”
‘When my wife was diagnosed with MS I knew I had to raise cash’
FORMER bus driver Richard Hargate raised thousands of pounds for a multiple sclerosis centre by carrying wheelchairs up Snowdon.
His wife Carol, 65, was diagnosed with the disease in 1997 and gets treatment at the South Yorkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Catcliffe.
Richard Hargate raised thousands of pounds for a multiple sclerosis centre after his wife was diagnosed with MS
Richard, of Renishaw, Derbys, said: “I started doing the MS Challenge in 1999. It involves running 10km over Snowdon – helping to carry a multiple sclerosis sufferer in a wheelchair.
“I did it each year until 2010 and we raised around £1,000 a year. I also used to drive my bus dressed as Santa and collect donations on my bus from pubs.”
‘I’ve never met a Royal so am really looking forward to Charles’ party’
FORMER English teacher Neil Levis has volunteered with everything from kids’ rugby and care for the elderly, to being a school governor and helping a patients’ support group at his local GPs’ surgery.
He gave up evenings and weekends for the rugby, at school and Woodford RFC, in Essex, where his kids played.
Neil Levis has devoted a lot of his time to volunteering wherever he could
When his mum was in a home with dementia, he set up a carers’ support group there.
Lately, he has helped a local history project recording locals’ memories of Waltham Forest, in North East London.
These are now on CDs at the local museum. He said: “I’ve never met a Royal so am really looking forward to the party.”
‘I love my job, meeting and helping people from all walks of life’
YOU could say full-time nurse Christine Reeves was born into her vocation.
She works at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester – the very hospital where she came into this world back in September 1948.
Christine Reeves is a hardworking and devoted NHS staff member
Christine, of Eastleigh, Hants, said: “I’m very proud to work for the NHS and I absolutely love my job – I don’t know what I’d do without it. It’s my love for the job which keeps me going and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love to help people, and I get to meet people from all different walks of life.”
Christine, who is married to Martin, 60, is mum to son Christian, 37, and gran to Callum, 12.
She added: “I’m thrilled to be attending Prince Charles’ birthday celebration. I was nominated by my colleagues and was over the moon when I got the news.”
‘Giving up my free time to help elderly people keeps me going’
SINCE retiring as an occupational therapist ten years ago, Helen Jump has spent her free time helping with Age UK.
The volunteer, from Harpenden, Herts, said: “I visit elderly people’s homes and help them fill out forms to apply for extra care from the Government.
Helen Jump volunteers her free time to helping at Age UK
“For many of them, the form can seem tricky and even a bit frightening.
“So it’s great to make a difference.
“I also help people who have just come out of hospital. I run errands, do the shopping, pick them up and give them lifts. It helps them feel more confident and independent.”
‘I thought my daughter was pulling my leg when she nominated me’
RETIRED pub landlady Kathleen Lyons was nominated to attend the Prince’s party by her eldest daughter Geraldine, 48, who describes her mum as a “lynchpin” of her community.
The mum of three, from Wimbledon, South London, was widowed at 25 but made it her mission to help those less fortunate.
Kathleen Lyons has made it her mission to help those less fortunate
She helps students with arts and crafts projects at her local school, visits her local retirement home every week and set up a walking group to keep elderly people active.
Kathleen, who has eight grandkids, said: “When you see people who are worse off than yourself, you should want to help them.
“I am a big royal fan and I can’t wait to meet Prince Charles.
“I couldn’t believe it when my daughter told me she had nominated me to attend his birthday party. I thought she was pulling my leg.”
‘I remember pictures of Charles in the Fifties. I feel part of the family!’
AFTER retiring, Sally Rickinson began volunteering as a presenter for her local radio station.
Sally, from Scarborough, North Yorks, said: “People might ask why I am doing that at 70, but I love it.
Sally Rickinson volunteers as a radio presenter at her local station
“If I can make listeners smile then I’m happy.
“I grew up with Prince Charles – we are both baby boomers.
“I’m a big fan of the Royals, especially Charles.
“I remember seeing lots of pictures of him in the Fifties when we were both kids. I feel like I’m part of the family.”
Sally, who once met the Duchess of Cornwall when her daughter Zoe was battling cancer, added: “I want to tell her that Zoe is doing well now.”
‘It’s important poor local people have a space they can take pride in’
CLIVE ELKINS’ dedication and hard work helps cheer up a challenged community.
The retired engineer maintains a play area, garden and orchard for people to use in Jaywick, Essex – one of Britain’s most deprived areas.
Clive Elkins maintains a play area in one of Britain’s most deprived areas
The dad of three also helped renovate a remembrance garden for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
He said: “I am humbled and honoured to be chosen to meet Prince Charles, especially as I don’t feel I do much.
“Given that Jaywick has become known for its levels of social deprivation, it is important to local people that they have a space to take pride in, where they can relax and maybe read the paper.”
‘I saw how the Prince’s Trust changed the lives of young people’
KATHY COOKE has knitted tens of thousands of garments for people in need across the globe over the past 50 years, but never met any of them.
She also knits tiny cribs for stillborn babies, which are used by bereaved parents in maternity units across the country.
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Kathy Cooke knits tiny cribs for stillborn babies to help bereaved parents
Another great success has been her ‘‘twiddle pockets” for people with Alzheimer’s to fiddle with, helping to calm their mood.
Kathy has first-hand experience of the disease as husband Barry suffers from dementia.
Retired Job Centre worker Kathy, from Blackpool, said: “Because I look after my husband it is hard for me to get out to help people, but knitting is something I can do from home.
“When I worked for the Job Centre I saw the work of the Princes’s Trust first-hand, how it changed the lives of young people so attending the party is an honour.”
Champ of the disabled
SELFLESS Rita Kutt was nominated because of pioneering work she did to help disabled grandson Caleb, six.
The dedicated gran was dismayed when she discovered she could not buy vests fastened with poppers for children older than three.
Rita Kutt worked to create clothing for disabled children
The outfits make it easier for parents of children with a disability to access feeding tubes or change nappies.
Rita, from Leeds, wrote to Marks & Spencer asking if they would consider producing a range of sleepsuits for older, disabled, children. They agreed and she worked with them to create the clothing – the first of its kind on the high street.
She said: “Caleb has cerebral palsy. He is tube-fed, so had to have an op to fit a ‘peg’ to attach a feeding tube which goes straight to his stomach.
“Vests and sleepsuits can make it easier for parents to reach the stomach.
“Some places online sold specialist disability clothes, but they cost a lot more than the equivalent for toddlers.
“I thought this was wrong, there are so many kiddies out there who need them. I wanted disabled children to have dignity.”
‘Hubby had Parkinson’s but we got out and went on holidays’
CARING wife Linda Knights is mourning the recent death of husband Cliff, who suffered with Parkinson’s disease.
Cliff died in September aged 74, having been diagnosed with the condition 15 years ago. The couple had been married for 49 years.
Linda Knights is mourning the recent death of husband Cliff who she cared for in his later years
Linda, from Chelmsford, Essex, cared for him in his later years.
She said: “We went on holidays to Tenerife and tried to get out and about as much as possible.”
Linda taught adult literacy and numeracy on a voluntary basis for nine years, before qualifying as a tutor.
She is also a keen fundraiser for Farleigh Hospice. She has two children and three grandchildren.
‘These kids get to be my family, it can be hard when they move on’
JOHN WATSON started working on the railway aged 15 and now he is a foster carer.
He said: “I started off as a telegram man doing Morse code, letting people know when trains were leaving the station. The next step up was a signalman.
John Watson is a foster carer and has taken in over 20 kids
“I enjoyed it apart from the shifts, there was a lot of night work so I left to work in an iron foundry with some of my friends.”
John set up two rugby teams in Worksop for under-19s and under-16s and worked as a coach.
He now works as a foster parent and has taken in more than 20 kids.
He said: “I never married and I don’t have children of my own. These kids get to be my family. There is one lad who is like a son to me. It can be hard when they move on, there can be tears on both sides.”
‘Where there is a need, we get involved – I’ve got a great team’
BOAT enthusiast Bernard Morton is the volunteer branch chairman of the Inland Waterways Association in Northampton.
He campaigns to promote the preservation and restoration of the British canal system.
Bernard Morton has raised thousands of pounds to support the Sea Cadets and other youth groups
The group has also raised thousands of pounds to support the Sea Cadets and other youth groups.
Bernard, of Gayton, Northamptonshire, said: “We help with any waterways-based charities in the area, all fundraising goes to them.
“Where there is a need, we get involved. I’ve got a great team, and we work well together.”
‘I never stop but that’s because I can help and I enjoy doing it’
BUSY Gillian Ackers volunteers as a home visitor for the RSPCA.
She also undertakes weekly school visits to help reluctant readers, is helping draw up plans to tackle housing needs in her village and has organised events to mark this year’s Armistice anniversary.
Gillian Ackers volunteers as a home visitor for the RSPCA
The former magistrate, from the village of Quorn, Leics, also sits on hearings for the Football Association.
Gillian said: “I’m always off doing something. I never stop! But it is because I can help and I enjoy doing it.
“I was also one of the first NHS babies. The health service was formed on July 5, 1948. I was born on July 6.”
‘There’s no point in slowing down, and I think Charles feels the same’
JAYNE MILLER was nominated by sister Ann for her work in charity shops and raising money for local causes.
The brave former Navy Wren recently did a parachute jump for charity.
Jayne Miller raises money for local causes and even did a paraschute jump for charity
Retired council worker Jayne, from St Neots, Cambs, said: “Doing it was awesome. The next challenge for me is wing-walking.
“I volunteer for a doorstep service where I deliver library books to people who are housebound.
“I also volunteer in an Age UK charity shop and a Dogs Trust shop. I don’t see the point in slowing down and I think the Prince of Wales feels the same way.”
‘My house is full of stuff ready for next event – people always donate’
MAUREEN GILHOOLT has been a Barnado’s volunteer for 30 years.
Maureen, from Fakenham, Norfolk, said: “I’m secretary of the local Barnado’s group, there’s only six of us on the committee.
Maureen Gilhoot has volunteered at Barnardo’s for 30 years
“One of our ladies knits, we have craft markets, jumble sales and coffee mornings to raise funds. I love meeting people. They are always donating things. I’ve come home and found stuff on my doorstep – books, toys, bric-a-brac.
“We’re always grateful for donations, anything that anybody gives us. I’ve always got a house full of stuff ready for the next event.”
Maureen lives near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate and will often visit to get a glimpse of the Royal family.
She said: “I’ve never met them but I’ve seen quite a lot of them coming and going.”
‘I cannot see an older person in trouble without stopping to help’
LINDA CALVERT has spent most of her life caring for people including disabled children, pensioners and people dying of cancer.
Linda, from Liverpool, helps run a club for pensioners at the Irish Centre in the city, organising day trips, hot meals, bingo and chair exercises.
Linda Calvert dedicated her life to caring for disabled children, pensioners and people dying of cancer
Linda said: “I’ve always looked after people. I can’t see an elderly person struggling down the road with their shopping.
“I’ll always stop and help them carry it home.”
A single mum to three children, John, 49, Jenny, 41, and Peter, 33, Linda has also beaten breast cancer and is described by her kids as an inspiration.
40 years as Santa Claus
JOLLY Raymond Penrose has raised money for charity for 40 years by playing Santa.
The former engineer has also undertaken sponsored treks to raise money for disability charity Scope.
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Raymond Penrose has raised money by playing Santa for 40 years
Raymond, of Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, said: “I had played Father Christmas a few times for a local church when I was younger.
“One day a family friend was over and she spotted my old suit hanging up in the house.
“Her husband is a theatrical agent and he started booking me to play Santa.
“Since then I have done cruise liners, The Dorchester, Claridge’s and places in the village.
“But I am proudest of the charity work – I have raised a lot for WaterAid.”
Raymond also performs as Santa for disabled children. He said: “I love seeing a smile on children’s faces, it’s nice to see them so joyous.
“I’ve had parents crying, saying ‘That’s the first time they’ve reacted to anyone in years’.”
Raymond has also undertaken sponsored treks in West Africa, China and Thailand for charity Scope – walking more than 100 miles each time.
‘Life is full and it’s lovely – I’ve been volunteering for many years’
MYRA WILSON has spent the last four years volunteering for The Silver Line, a helpline for lonely older people.
Myra, 70, who lives near Bideford, Devon, said: “There are an awful lot of people who don’t get any contact with other people.
Myra Wilson volunteers for The Silver Line, helping lonely elderly people
“Giving them a phone call every week gives them something to look forward to, and stops them feeling lonely, even just for a short while. I find it rewarding too.”
Mum-of-one Myra, a former hotel receptionist, has also sold poppies and volunteered at a day hospice in Whitby, Yorks.
“I’ve been volunteering for many years. I may be 70 but life is full and it’s lovely.”
‘The football work keeps my brain active . . . this feels very special’
IAN TORTOISHELL kicked off his volunteering career in local football more than 50 years ago when he joined Desborough Town FC. He would eventually become its chairman.
When his sons began playing football, Ian – who lives in Market Harborough, Leics – joined their FC Aztecs youth team committee and also became a coach. In recent years, he has served as the league’s general secretary.
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Ian Tortoishell volunteers for local youth football teams
Ian, who used to work for a credit card firm, said: “My work with the football keeps my brain active. It feels special to be recognised in this way.”
He will attend the party with wife Margaret.
“I was delighted to be selected to attend. I am a bit nervous about meeting Charles, though! My wife’s been picking out her dress, but I don’t have that problem!”
‘Loneliness is a disease and getting a call can be magical’
RETIRED teacher Mary Maybank now helps out with The Silver Line, a helpline for older people.
Mary from Leeds – who taught for 38 years, chemistry then psychology and sociology – said of her Silver Line work: “It’s very rewarding. Loneliness is a disease, it can be so penetrating in people’s lives.
Mary Maybank helps out at The Silver Line combating loneliness
“For the people to get a call, it’s magical. It gives them purpose. But I enjoy it as much as they do.
“I’ve been doing it for three years. I get amazing feedback from my Silver Line friend. I call her once a week.
“She’s had depression in the past, suicidal thoughts. She just needed a friend. We discuss so much, she loves it.
“To quote her, she sees it as ‘the focus of her life’.”
‘Watching young people have a good time is very rewarding’
TIRELESS Kevin Wood has worked as a leader at the local Scout group for 36 years.
Known to the children as Skip, the retired sales executive, of Brighouse, West Yorks, currently runs the Beaver group for younger members.
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Kevin Wood has been a Scout leader for 36 years
He also volunteers in the Overgate Furniture Shop, which raises money for the local hospice.
He said: “I’d been a Scout in my childhood and thought this would be a good way to put things back in.
“It is very rewarding watching young people have a good time. You get to teach them something, ways of surviving, and have fun at the same time.
“To me, watching a young person walk away after a meeting absolutely shattered but with a smile on their face – well, that’s everything.”
‘Mum was so proud that I was born shortly after the Prince’
DAVID BARKER was born three and a half hours after Prince Charles in 1948.
David’s royalist mum brimmed with pride as the hospital gifted the new arrival with a special bonnet and gloves to mark the occasion.
David Barker shares Prince Charles’ birthday
David, from Croyde, North Devon, said: “It was a real honour for that generation to have such a royal link in the family.
Ever since I have always paid attention to his life.
“I was lucky enough to be successful in my career and so I was thrilled to be asked to become a mentor for his Trust, helping guide others in business.
“I even got to attend a garden party at the Palace which was a real honour.”
‘A 98-year-old told me the secret to long life is keeping busy’
ENERGETIC Anne Cox was a member of the Royal Navy Reserves and a member of the Royal Naval Association for 14 years.
She now sits on the committee for the RNA.
Anne Cox now sits on the committee for the RNA and volunteers at a local daycare centre for the elderly
She also volunteers at a local daycare centre for the elderly, helping to drive the residents around in a minibus.
Anne, from Glasgow, said: “A 98-year-old woman told me the secret to long life is keeping busy.”
On Sunday she laid a wreath at Glasgow’s Cenotaph.
She runs a range of activities for the elderly including dominoes, word games, arts and craft and bingo.
She is also on the committee for her local church guild.
‘Around 30 ex-cops attend my coffee mornings every week’
RETIRED cop George Fouhey worked on many high-profile cases in 30 years in the police.
He was involved with setting up the county’s first sex offenders’ register, child pornography investigations and regional drug and crime squads.
George Fouhey hosts coffee mornings for ex-cops
Now he helps retired cops.
George, from Kempston, Beds, said: “It was an interesting career. I’m now secretary for the National Association of Retired Police Officers in Bedfordshire.
“I started a coffee morning for retired officers after a friend told me that he often felt lonely.
“Now around 30 guys attend every week.”
After retiring, George worked as a white van man. He said: “I loved having a job with less responsibility.”
George and wife Linda, 68, celebrate 50 years of marriage next year. They have two kids Caroline, 43, and Stephen, 41.
‘We arrange sports for people with learning disabilities’
DAD-of-three Mike Day helps organise sports for people with learning disabilities.
Mike is Chairman of the Special Olympics City of Birmingham, an organisation he has been volunteering for since 2001.
Mike Day is Chairman of the Special Olympics City of Birmingham and helps to organise sports for people with learning difficulties
He said: “We meet every Saturday and arrange things for people with a learning disability.
“We always do table tennis and l organise other sports which are suitable for different abilities. I drive the minibus, help to train athletes and sort out the membership paperwork.”
Mike likes to keep active and still works as a part-time gas engineer.
He lost his wife Kathy to bowel cancer in 2008.
‘Retirement just didn’t suit me . . . so I started volunteering for charity’
CARING Brenda Jeffrey, of Birmingham, is currently chair of trustees and a volunteer manager for her local Home Start charity shop.
Before retiring she worked for the NHS for 25 years as a health visitor assistant.
Brenda Jeffrey is chair of trustees and volunteer manager for her local Home Start charity shop
She said: “I believe that all children should have a fulfilling future and that’s what Home Start does.
“I started volunteering because retirement just didn’t suit me. After 25 years of working with families and children, I wanted to continue that work in some way.
“I find it a rewarding job. I was so shocked to hear I would be attending the celebration party – I thought it was a joke at first. I love the Royal Family”.
‘I really enjoy helping the elderly – they have some great stories to tell’
CHARITY volunteer Jean Mills is a huge help to the elderly who live near her.
The retired supermarket worker, of Banbury, Oxon, helps keep them company through her work with the Cornhill Companions – a local outreach service which has been set up as part of the Royal Voluntary Service.
Jean Mills dedicates her time to helping the elderly in her community
Jean – who also helps organise charity events including Banbury’s Canal Day and Christmas Day meals – said of her outreach work: “I have a one-to-one with an elderly lady, I go to her home and we talk. Sometimes we pop out for a cup of tea. I’m there to keep her company, so she doesn’t get lonely.
“I enjoy it very much – the elderly have lived long lives and have some great stories to tell.
“I’m helping them, and at some point further down the line someone might be there to help me.
“I was pleased and honoured to be invited to Charles’ birthday celebrations – gobsmacked, really.”
‘The elderly become like family, you don’t feel like you are helping them’
MUM-of-three Jenny Merrington is a former Samaritans volunteer and now spends her Monday evenings helping out with elderly people’s phone helpline The Silver Line.
Jenny, from Carlisle, Cumbria, started volunteering for the service shortly after it was launched in 2014.
Jenny Merrington was a Samaritans volunteer and now helps at The Silver Line
She said: “I have two people that I call every Monday evening. They have become like family to me. You don’t feel like you are doing something for them, it’s a friendship.
“Once you build up a relationship, they tell you things even their own families don’t know.”
Jenny, who has three sons and five grand-children, adds: “I also sing in a community choir and as part of that we do some fundraising for charity. I used to be a church bell ringer, but I had a shoulder injury and had to give that up.”
Postie who still delivers
POSTMAN Christopher Webster is still doing his rounds – and has no intention of quitting.
He said: “When I first joined the Post Office, everyone had to retire at 60. But the law changed when I was about 58 – so I carried on.
Christopher Webster has raised more than £30,000 for the Tusk charity which works to protect African wildlife
“I do three days a week now, but they’re long days. I start at around 4.30am and it’s 4pm before I get home. I love walking. It keeps me fit.”
Former bus driver Christopher, from Cliffe Woods, Kent, swapped the steering wheel for his postie’s bag around 16 years ago, when he and wife Gloria, 68, moved out of London. And the job is definitely keeping him in good shape.
He has run the London Marathon 32 times. Chris said: “I did the first one in 1981 and I’ve only missed six since. I get slower every year.
“The first one, I did in three hours 55 minutes and 59 seconds. Some have now taken me seven hours.
“Around 20 of them, I did to raise money for the Tusk Trust charity, which works to protect African wildlife including elephants. Prince William is its patron. I’ve raised more than £30,000 for them.”
Christopher, who has son William, 48, and daughter Katy, 46, plus nine grand-children, said: “Prince Charles is a very cultured gentleman and I’ve followed him with interest because he is the same age as me.”
‘I was chair of Assist UK, which set up disabled living centres’
STEVEN EVANSON spent his life manufacturing living aids for the disabled and raising awareness.
He said: “I ended up chairman of Assist UK, a charity that set up disabled living centres.
Steven Evanson has worked to make living aids for the disabled and now raises awareness in the United Arab Emirates
“I was also asked to be the sole UK expert on an International Standards Organisation committee looking at bathroom equipment for disabled people.”
Steven, from Belper, Derbys, has also been a parish councillor for eight years and borough councillor for four, and now works to raise awareness of disability in the United Arab Emirates, advising staff such as hotel receptionists and airline crew.
‘I returned to work despite cancer battle because I love my patients’
DETERMINED Sarah Mertens refuses to retire and is still working as a district nurse – despite a gruelling battle with cancer.
She had to temporarily step down from her job earlier this year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sarah Mertens continued to work as a district nurse even as she battled cancer
But she battled through the treatment to return to work in September.
Sarah, of Barnes, West London, said: “I’ve returned to work for two days a week.
“I’ve had the treatment and I am determined to enjoy myself. I love my job because I love the patients. I got through my treatment so I could get back to work, putting something back into the community.”
‘Having lived in village since 1953, I care passionately about the place’
BUTCHER Philip Edge has been chairman of his local parish council for 32 years – and he can often be seen out gritting footpaths and clearing leaves and weeds.
Philip, from Harling near Norwich, said: “I started working alongside my father when I was seven and took over the family business when he retired. I still work two or three days a week. It’s been my entire life.
Philip Edge has been chairman of his local parish council for 32 years
“My work at the parish council keeps me busy. We are a very busy parish – lots of planning applications and new housing.
“I moved here in 1953 when my father bought the business and I care passionately about the village.
“Everyone knows me. I’m always about doing something, whether it’s painting the village hall or gritting footpaths.
“I don’t know how I managed to work seven days a week in my own business.”
Philip, who has a son and four grandchildren, will attend the party with his wife Jane, 74.
‘After retiring I decided I would study philosophy. I love it. ’
ROS DOHERTY got a first-class degree in philosophy after retiring in 2016 and returning to university.
She worked at Marks & Spencer for 30 years, in store then later heading up customer services.
Ros Doherty decided to return to university after retiring from customer services in 2016
She went on to handle complaints for the Cabinet Office and later set up a consultancy advising organisations including the Home Office on how to handle complaints.
She said: “I already had a degree in biochemistry from 1970, but the second time round I decided to study philosophy, purely for interest. I loved it. It takes a while to get your brain back into academic thinking.”
Ros, of Northants, added: “It was either that or spend afternoons watching Jeremy Kyle, but I wasn’t keen on that. I’m now halfway through a PhD in bioethics.”
‘Susan was kind. She listened and, gradually, I could tell my story’
GRANNY Susan Stent befriended a pensioner who felt suicidally lonely – and has helped her turn her life around.
Susan has now been voluntarily visiting her for eight years as part of Age UK’s befriending service.
Susan Stent, left, works as part of Age UK’s befriending service
The woman, Jean, had moved to the South West from Scot-land with her husband – but when he then died, she was left isolated in a strange town.
Jean, 88, said: “I didn’t want to go out. Life wasn’t worth living.
“But Susan was kind, she listened and slowly I felt able to tell my story. Now I live out in the world, I have confidence thanks to Susan.”
Ex-accountant Susan, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said: “Jean is a wonderful lady, we have become great friends.”
‘Ran 20 marathons for charities and raised £5K for a sick baby’
KEEN runner David Wilson has taken part in more than 20 marathons, raising money for several charities.
He also organised a fundraiser for a baby who lost both hands due to meningitis, which pulled in more than £5,000.
David Wilson has run in over 20 marathons to raise money for charities
The retired chauffeur, from Glasgow, was nominated by wife Anne, 68, after he suffered a stroke this year.
She said: “I wrote to the Prince of Wales a few months ago to ask if there was anything on for his birthday.
“The palace replied, saying we should keep an eye out – then I saw this in The Sun and knew I had to nominate David. We were so pleased when he was selected. I’m proud of the charitable things he’s done.”
‘Last year in Newton Abbot we raised £34k for the Poppy Appeal’
FORMER prison officer Tony Culley turns 70 today, like Prince Charles – and was nominated for his work with the Royal British Legion.
Former prison officer Tony, of Newton Abbot, Devon, is a stalwart of his local branch in Newton Abbot, who has raised thousands for the Poppy Appeal every year.
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Tony Culley has raised thousands for the Poppy Appeal
He said: “We drummed up £34,000 last year. We’re a small town but they’re good and decent people.”
He will be meeting Prince Charles for the second time.
In the 1970s, Tony ran the White Hart Hotel in Okehamp-ton, Devon, and Charles unexpectedly walked in while training to be a helicopter pilot – and asked for some Scrumpy cider.
‘My way of thanking the hospital was to raise a few bob for them’
MAURICE DAY raised £60,000 and set up a patient support group after beating bowel cancer in 2002.
He said: “My way of thanking the hospital for all of the great care that they gave me was to raise a few bob and I bought a few televisions for the wards at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
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“A surgeon later asked me if I would be interested in starting up a colorectal patient support group.
“I set it up as a founding member and went on to raise around £60,000 in four years.”
Maurice , 70, from Street, Somerset, has also been a volunteer for Wells Carnival for 50 years and was a volunteer driver at the 2012 London Olympics then the 2015 Rugby World Cup.