A volunteer who has dedicated 80 years of her life to Charles Thompon's Mission has been awarded an MBE for her services to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

96-year-old Marjorie Maskrey more commonly known as Peggy has been familiar with Charles Thompson’s Mission in Birkenhead ever since she arrived on the doorstep aged eight with her mum Dolly Monaghan in 1928.

At the age of 16 Peggy started volunteering there and has served thousands of meals to the area’s needy.

The mission provides food, furniture, clothes, healthcare, counselling services and toys and first opened in 1892 by Charles Thompson.

After he died in 1903 his goals lived on through daughter Annie who became the charity's Lady Superintendent for 60 years.

In 1853 Annie was awarded the MBE for services to the people of Birkenhead, the same title that Peggy will receive from the Queen.

Speaking to the Globe in December Peggy said: “I absolutely love it here, helping those who need it.

"I've seen a lot of changes; some good, some bad, and it’s very much a home-from-home for me."

Retired waitress Peggy has a number of roles at the mission including making up food parcels and handing out meals to the daily visitors.

An online petition was set up to recognise Peggy’s service to the community and she has now been recognised with the Members of the Order of the British Empire.

Fellow volunteer Amy Stanley said: "Peggy first came to mission as child to use their services.

"Age 16, she started volunteering at Thompson's Mission and 80 years later age 96 she is still volunteering. 

"Over the years Peggy has served meals to thousands of people and changed the lives of so many.

"She inspires us every single day and still has no plans to retire."