MEET our Golden Girls – three dinner ladies with-a-difference who are a shining example of old fashioned hard work and selflessness.
The caring trio, despite a combined age of 265 years, have notched up a total of almost nine decades together as volunteer cooks for elderly people at a day centre in Newport Pagnell.
Every week Rose Martin, 94, Joan Rose, 88, and 85-year-old Connie Keeves cook vast quantities of food to serve to Brooklands’ members – many of whom are years younger than the chefs themselves.
They have never been paid and they have never sought recognition for their efforts. Their reward has always been the look of satisfaction on the faces of the ‘oldies’ when they tuck into their meals, said Brooklands manager Catherine Hall.
But last week Rose, Joan and Connie were given the accolade they so rightly deserve when they were honoured at the Citizen’s Pride in Milton Keynes awards.
They won the Care in the Community category and were presented with their awards by EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra at a glittering ceremony held at the Hilton by Doubletree at stadium:mk.
But first, along with all our Pride nominees, they were treated to a meal that, for once, they had not had to cook.
“It was like being at the Ritz...We felt like VIPs... It was the best night of our lives,” were their verdicts afterwards.
On Monday the ladies donned their aprons to go back to work at Brooklands, where they produce industrial-sized casseroles, hearty roasts, home-made pies and sumptuous puddings.
Everything, right down to the last scrap of pastry, is made entirely from scratch, said Catherine. “They are remarkable ladies. We are extremely proud of them,” she added.
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