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MBE for pensioner

Pensioner David Monks is preparing to meet Royalty for the second time in his life after being named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

David, 65, will be given the MBE later this year for his services to blind and partially sighted people. He has devoted his time to helping others for 30 years after suffering from a speech impediment himself.

He has already met Prince Charles when he was invited to attend the Queen’s Garden Party a few years ago.

He said: “I told Prince Charles that I was inspired by the stories of the bravery of his grandad King George VI as I had suffered from a similar speech impediment.

“The Prince leaned forward, smiled with sincerity in his eyes and said, ‘you’ve done splendidly well’.”

David had always suffered from a speech impediment and had a lack of confidence as a result. When he eventually joined speech and drama lessons at the age of 29, his life changed.

He got involved with the Community Broadcasting Services at the Earlsdon-based Resource Centre for the Blind, and has been volunteering there ever since. He works as a reporter for its talking newspaper. His work recently involved inspiring a blind woman to try flying in a gilder.

He said: “I have a lot of affinity with people who struggle in life as I did with a speech impediment.

“And I am thrilled and honoured to be made MBE by the Queen and very touched that people think so much of me and appreciate what I have done.”

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