Salisbury pensioner to receive Maundy Money from the Queen

Salisbury pensioner to receive Maundy Money from the Queen

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:49am 18th April 2019. (Updated at 6:37am 18th April 2019)

Winifred Alford is one of the lucky recipients of the ceremonial gift from Her Majesty this year.

85 year old Winifred was nominated to take part in today's Royal Maundy Service  (Thursday April 18th).

She's been chosen for 'contributing significantly towards the Diocese's partnership with the Episcopal Church in Susan and South Sudan'.

The Cathedral Close resident is a regular at services at Salisbury Cathedral, having moved to the city 15 years ago from Donhead St Andrew.

Winfred Alford Salisbury Maundy Thursday 2019
Winifred Alford, on the right here, is one of this year's Maundy Money recipients

She's also a trustee for the Future Bright Charity, which educates orphans in South Africa and delivers food from the Cathedral to homeless charities in Salisbury.

Winifred says she's delighted to be invited:

"It will be a simply wonderful experience. I felt thrilled and excited when I heard I had been nominated, but I also feel humbled about being a recipient."

WHAT IS MAUNDY MONEY?

The traditional service is being held at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this year.

Each year, The Queen gives specially minted coins in leather purses to elderly people from across the country.

93 men and 93 women have been invited for 2019, as it's customary to hand out Maundy Money to the same number of people as the Sovereign's age.

The Queen turns 93 on Easter Sunday (April 21st).

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