Kay (97) is a right royal star at Buckingham Palace garden party

Photo Neil Cross
Kay Pinfold (97) who was invited to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for all the work she does with the elderly, all of whom are younger than she is
Photo Neil Cross Kay Pinfold (97) who was invited to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for all the work she does with the elderly, all of whom are younger than she is

Two decades of helping the elderly earned Kay Pinfold an invitation to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace... at the age of 97!

Kay was among 8,000 guests at the Royal occasion which she almost missed after she fell and broke her arm a couple of weeks before.

Kay said: “I had a plaster cast on my arm and even though it was a secret I had to tell the doctor who was treating me where I had been invited and would I be fit to go.”

But it seems nothing could have stopped plucky Kay from attending the event and she caught the eye of Princess Alexandra who inquired how Kay was.

Kay, of Clitheroe, said: “She told me she had broken her leg some years ago so she knew how painful it was. So if i hadn’t broken my arm she would probably not have noticed me.”

Thrilled at the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a guest at the Royal event, Kay was nominated for the invitation by Age UK, a charity she began volunteering with two decades ago after she spent two years nursing her late husband, Leslie.

Already well into her 70s when she began visiting pensioners, Kay is often many years senior to them.

But she loves her work and has no plans to give it up. She said: “People ask me how I do it and I just tell them I keep moving and keep going. Nothing will beat me.”

A former PE teacher, Kay has always loved sports and she remains a keen gardener and walker.

This, she believes, is the key to her fitness which also helped her recover from breaking both legs when she was knocked down by a car at the age of 73.