A 103-YEAR-OLD volunteer has received an award thanking her for more than 50 years of hard work.

Anne Baker, who turns 103 on May 14, received a merit award from the NSPCC at the charity's Salisbury fundraising branch on April 28.

The award was presented by the Hon. Mary Anne Morrison, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II in front of Anne's friends, family and other charity workers. .

Anne started volunteering around 1965 when she joined the Salisbury committee and has held an annual coffee morning in her own garden since 2004.

The event raises approximately £1,000 for the NSPCC each year.

Anne said: “I feel very touched and very grateful to have received this award and the beautiful flowers.

“The NSPCC tries to keep families together, which is why I volunteer for them. I think it’s lovely.

“I can’t believe I’ll be turning 103 next month – it’s ridiculous!”

Caroline Morgan, community fundraising manager for Wiltshire, added: “This was an amazing day and I felt privileged to be a part of it.

“All the events the Salisbury group have put together are fantastic. I am very grateful to Anne and all of the volunteers – without them we couldn’t continue our work with children.

“I’d also like to thank Mary for making the presentation.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the NSPCC or holding a fundraising event can contact Caroline on caroline.morgan@nspcc.org.uk