A woman who has given up her time for others for more than 20 years has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Ann Dick has been a regular volunteer with the Royal Voluntary Service for 26 years.
Now she has been nominated as a Diamond Champion for her efforts.
She joined the group, which was then the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service to help with the books for the meals on wheels service, after her mother died.
And since then she has continued to offer her help and support moving on to different roles.
Most recently the work has been at Rothbury’s Coquetdale Community Hospital where a weekly group was set up.
But Ann, 74, said she gets as much out of the group as the members do.
She said: “I am sure there are a lot of people who have done a lot more than I have.
“I felt very touched that anybody has nominated me.
“I do it because I enjoy it.
“I think more people should do it.
“At the moment I am involved with the weekly group in Rothbury and I am also on the emergency team.”
When Rothbury was flooded in 2008, Ann was helping out, serving refreshments in the village’s Jubilee Hall.
Ann added: “I did the books all the time that meals on wheels was going.
“And it just went on from there.
“It was Helen Edes from the village that got me involved. She is very good at steering people in the right direction.”
Because of her work Ann has met the Queen and Prince Charles.
In 2011, she was with a party of volunteers when the monarch made a visit to Alnwick. And in May this year, Ann met Prince Charles at St Paul’s, in London, as a representative of the organisation.
“If I hadn’t been involved in volunteering I wouldn’t have had the chance to do that,” she said.
“I enjoy it so much. The best thing is being involved with people and seeing them enjoying themselves.
“It really does make such a difference to so many people’s lives.”
Mrs Dick has been told that three separate nominations were put forward for her to become a diamond champion.