A REDNAL pastor and minister will become the recipient of Royal Maundy Money for her support work with the elderly and infirm.
Lorna Parsonage, a pastor and minister at St Stephen’s Church, Edgewood Road, is due to meet HM The Queen at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, today (Thursday).
The 70-year-old has lived with post polio syndrome her entire life, a painful condition experienced by survivors of the lethal disease.
Despite her condition, Lorna has continued to support members of the community living with a multitude of illnesses.
Lorna organises the Do Drop in Club with pastoral minister Marilyn Luck at midday every Thursday.
The event attracts between 30 and 40 people each week, many of them are living with cancer, neurone-related diseased and a number of other conditions.
But in September 2008, Lorna was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy.
She told the Standard: “Many would have walked away from the church by this point.
“But I think my illness only served to strengthen my faith and so this also gave me the strength to dedicate everything I have to it and to the community.
“That strength I felt had to be there for a reason.
“There must be a reason why I’ve been spared – and it’s compelled me to give something back.”