Community spirit keeps Gladys fighting fit at 93

Gladys Dunn, 93, has won an award from the Duchess of Cornwall for being an un-sung community hero. Picture: Ian Burt Gladys Dunn, 93, has won an award from the Duchess of Cornwall for being an un-sung community hero. Picture: Ian Burt

Monday, January 20, 2014
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A great grandmother has said it is her tireless community work which keeps her feeling fit at 93.

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Gladys Dunn has been awarded the Diamond Champion Certificate by the Duchess of Cornwall after a neighbour nominated her as an unsung hero.

At the sheltered housing complex in Weasenham St Peter, near Fakenham, where she has lived for 22 years Mrs Dunn is always the first to help if there is ever a problem.

Every week she takes the 32-mile round bus trip to King’s Lynn to shop for the meal she cooks for 10 of her neighbours in the complex’s community room.

And she hosts coffee mornings – often baking the biscuits and cakes herself – holds bingo nights and plans trips to the theatre and seaside.

But Mrs Dunn, who worked on menswear in Marks and Spencer in her hometown of Liverpool, said she is thrilled with her medal – but modestly thinks others do more than she does.

“This is the way I am, if I can help anyone then I will,” she said.

“Doing what I do keeps me occupied and keeps me well. I love doing it.”

Jenny Tidman said choosing her neighbour for the award was an obvious choice because of the work she had done for the complex for the past 16 years.

She said: “Gladys does such a lot for the village. She is our community hero and she really deserves the award.”

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