The 21st Woman of Oldham awards, White Hart, Lydgate

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 November 2013

Woman of Oldham Marjorie Bamforth, centre, flanked by Jacqueline Smith and Victoria Lees

Woman of Oldham Marjorie Bamforth, centre, flanked by Jacqueline Smith and Victoria Lees

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Fundraiser Marjorie Bamforth, an 86-year-old grandmother from Royton, was given a standing ovation as she was crowned the 21st Woman of Oldham.

After being presented with the Oldham Evening Chronicle Rosebowl at a ceremony at the White Hart, Lydgate, stunned Marjorie told guests at a the celebration lunch: ‘Thank you very much and wow! I never, ever, expected this.’ She has spent more than five decades fundraising and in voluntary work for a host of organisations after starting as a driver for what was then the Women’s Voluntary Service. other-of-two was also secretary of the WRVS, volunteered for the Inner Wheel and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, organised blood-donor sessions and gave up Christmas Day to transport people. She celebrated her 70th birthday with a charity parachute jump.

Marjorie still volunteers in admissions at the Royal Oldham Hospital and continues to help organise blood-donor sessions.

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