Su­per­gran Dena makes the Pride of Bri­tain fi­nal

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA DAY re­­i­tymir­ @Re­bec­ca­DayMEN

A GREEN-FIN­GERED great-gran who helps con­victs re­pay their debt to so­ci­ety through gardening is in the run­ning for The Mir­ror’s Pride of Bri­tain awards.

Dena Mur­phy, from New Mos­ton, uses her love of gardening to en­cour­age of­fend­ers to learn new skills.

De­spite be­ing aged in her 80s, the north Manch­ester pen­sioner shows an en­ergy and com­mit­ment that puts peo­ple a quar­ter of her age to shame. She is one of the com­mu­nity he­roes who were hon­oured at the launch night of the Pride of Bri­tain TSB Com­mu­nity Part­ner Awards at Speaker’s House in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Dena, 88, has now been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist for the pres­ti­gious Pride of Bri­ain award for her work help­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, as chairman of char­ity NEPHRA Good Neigh­bours.

The char­ity feeds 50 peo­ple every week with food from the group’s al­lot­ment in New Mos­ton, and runs a mums and tots group, as well as in­ter­net classes for the el­derly.

Dena was one of the fi­nal­ists who at­tended this week’s launch event, also at­tended by Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, Con­ser­va­tive Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid and Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Ca­ble. Speak­ing of her nom­i­na­tion, Dena said: “It’s ter­rific, I can’t be­lieve I was one of the fi­nal­ists out of thou­sands of nominations. Ev­ery­body was ex­tremely nice at the cer­e­mony, we got served lit­tle nib­bles. There was lots of pho­to­graphs. Host Carol Vor­der­man was ex­tremely nice. She’s very bub­bly and looks half her age. I don’t for one minute think I’m go­ing to win – I just work within the com­mu­nity as best as I can.” Dena also works with of­fend­ers who are car­ry­ing out com­mu­nity ser­vice at the al­lot­ment. Speak­ing of her work, she said: “I en­joy work­ing with the young men. I have worked with them for nine years. I have never ever had a bad word from any of them. They re­spect me. I have met some amazing friends through it. Kids come to me with their prob­lems.”

The Mir­ror’s Pride of Bri­tain Awards, in part­ner­ship with TSB, is the big­gest na­tional event of its kind, and is broad­cast every year in a prime­time slot on ITV. The star-stud­ded cer­e­mony will be held at Grosvenor House in Lon­don later this month.

Com­ment­ing on the re­mark­able achieve­ments of all fi­nal­ists, Carol Vor­der­man said: “Pride of Bri­tain win­ners are the un­sung he­roes that make Bri­tain a great place. It’s a priv­i­lege to be joined by some fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons from all over Bri­tain.”

Dena Mur­phy with Carol Vor­der­man at the launch of the awards at Speaker’s House

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