Royal recognition for Albert's service
Baptist church treasurer Albert Grimes was one of this year's recipients of Maundy Money from The Queen
Every year, on Maundy Thursday, the Queen distributes special coins to men and women aged 70 and over to mark their Christian service. They are nominated by their local Church of England Dioceses.
This year one of the recipients was Albert Grimes, who has been church treasurer at Heanor Baptist Church, Derbyshire for 28 years.
His pastor David Howe had nominated him, and said the recognition was much deserved. 'Despite his wife's ongoing battle with cancer over the last four years he has remained passionate about the Gospel. There are complex issues with being a treasurer these days compared to when he first started.
'For 46 years Albert has also contributed to the Royal National Institute of Blind People's talking book service where he maintained their play-back systems.
'Due to his wife Carol's illness she wasn't able to attend the service in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Thurs 24 March, so it was a great privilege for me to accompany Albert on Maundy Thursday having nominated him last year following a request for names from the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern.'