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

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 - Credit: Archant

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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