‘I got news of my Queen’s Birthday Honour on my birthday’

Margaret Kenworthy of Donington, awarded a BEM on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Margaret Kenworthy of Donington, awarded a BEM on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

A hard working volunteer got a surprise when she was awarded a gong on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list – on her own birthday.

Margaret Kenworthy, of Donington, turned 66 last Saturday and awoke to find she had been nominated for a British Empire Medal for her services to the community of the village.

She said: “It was such a surprise to think that somebody had nominated me, I give thanks to them for it really.”

Mrs Kenworthy manages the Ruby Hunt Centre and has been involved since it was a portable cabin set up by its namesake in 1982 – a year after she moved to the area.

Within 12 months the centre grew to two cabins and continued to grow until seven years ago when it moved into the village’s former doctors’ surgery.

Mrs Kenworthy took over running the centre in 1994. She and her volunteers help put on a range of activities including luncheon clubs, short mat bowls and bingo.

Mrs Kenworthy said: “For some it’s their only outing of the week, and we feel if their happy, we’re happy. I have got a tremendous band of volunteers behind me who help me to do this and without them this wouldn’t be possible.”