AN inspirational volunteer who has dedicated more than 80 years to helping those less fortunate has been nominated for an award honouring the nation's unsung heroes.

Marjorie 'Peggy' Maskrey MBE has worked at Charles Thompson's Mission in Birkenhead since arriving on its doorstep with her mum Dolly Monaghan in 1928.

The 98-year-old is part of a team of mission volunteers who play their role in the charity's daily running, handing out food and clothes to the needy.

Her dedication to the task has earned a place in the final 10 selection stage of the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2019 Active Agers category.

The winner will be announced at an awards luncheon at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on October 15.

Last year, Peggy's work received royal recognition when she was awarded an MBE for her services to the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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

For most of us, a hot meal and warm place to sleep are among the luxuries we take very much for granted – but is not the same for others.

As hard times continue to hit those most vulnerable, many Wirral people will struggle to make ends meet and while so many of us prepare to tuck into a delicious feast, unwrap our presents and spend time with our loved ones, so many will be forced to sleep rough.

The mission plays its part in helping those finding themselves in this situation.

It 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."

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 recently: "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."