New Year honours: Londonderry charity worker Maisie Crawford gets BEM

Maisie Crawford says her charity work helps keep her feeling youthful and cheerful
Maisie Crawford says her charity work helps keep her feeling youthful and cheerful

Tireless Londonderry charity worker Maisie Crawford has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

A member of the Pink Ladies cross-community cancer campaigning and support group, Maisie is also involved in a number of other charitable organisations.

“Just being there for people in times of need gives me more pleasure than anything, but this [award] is amazing,” she told the News Letter.

Maisie sings and performs with the Pink Ladies and said her efforts to help others have helped keep her feeling youthful and cheerful.

“I would have more rapport with older people and love singing songs like Roll Out The Barrel and Pack Up Your Troubles – that gives me no end of pleasure.

“If you see someone a bit down in the mouth then you have to do something to lift them up.

“I am in the Pink Ladies and it’s important to do what you can. Just a few words can change someone’s whole way of thinking for the rest of the day.”

As well as putting on music shows, the Pink Ladies also organise back-packing events at supermarkets and other fundraisers.

Maisie said she is slightly nervous about the news of her award spreading but feels priviliged that someone took the time to put her name forward for recognition.

“For anybody to think so highly of you to nominate you – I just couldn’t get over that. And to think that people supported that nomination, I was absolutely over the moon,” she added.