Betty Lowe, who has spent her life volunteering, was awarded the MBE 12 years ago for her contribution to the WRVS, a charity that provides a range of services for vulnerable people who might otherwise feel lonely. She still helps out at her local WRVS shop at Hope Hospital, Salford, which raises money for the charity so that it can offer services from meals on wheels for elderly people to welfare centres for soldiers in the army.
The active centenarian, who was considered a sickly child and had to attend an open air school, is also still involved with the Girl Guides, 89 years after she first joined.
Miss Lowe said: "I've been in the guides since I was 11. I was very interested in it and I used to go camping and walking. I was a bit of an outdoor girl when I was younger."
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