101-year-old RAF veteran recognised by Queen for years of service to the church community

Monday 25th April 2022 6:00 am
William ‘Sandy’ Sanderson was recognised by the Prince of Wales
William ‘Sandy’ Sanderson was recognised by the Prince of Wales (Diocese of Winchester )

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A 101-YEAR-OLD RAF veteran from Alresford was among four volunteers from Hampshire recognised by the Queen for their years of service to the church and wider community.

William “Sandy” Sanderson received a ceremonial coin from the Prince of Wales representing the Queen at the Royal Maundy Service on Thursday.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and commanded them to ‘Love one another’.

The Queen marks the date by giving out special commemorative coins called Maundy money, a tradition with its origins in medieval times.

The money is distributed to people who have aided their local community or church in some significant way.

In 2022, 95 men and 95 women were recognised, representing each year of The Queen’s life.

This year, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall led the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Having joined the Royal Air Force in 1941, William “Sandy” Sanderson spent the majority of the Second World War in West Africa, providing essential repairs to aircraft engines.

He later worked as a maintenance engineer before joining a Christian missionary fellowship focused on making literature available throughout the world.

During his time with the organisation, Sandy has distributed Bibles and Christian books throughout the UK and as far away as Australia.

On receiving the award, Mr Sanderson said: “I am so happy to be receiving such an honour from the Queen.

“I have really enjoyed my work with the CLC and with Christ Church.

“Working with them feels like being part of a family, where people love you for just being you.”

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