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Icolyn, 87, honoured with Pride of Britain award

AWARDED: Icolyn Smith (centre) with The Kingdom Choir at the Pride of Britain Awards last week

OCTOGENARIAN ICOLYN SMITH travelled to London recently to collect a Pride of Britain award at a star-studded ceremony.

Icolyn, is a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Oxford and is known for her work cooking for homeless and vulnerable people at the Soup Kitchen she started 26 years ago.

The sprightly 87-year-old was first nominated for a Pride of Britain award two years ago, but left the ceremony empty-handed.

This time she was a winner, collecting her award from the stars of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. She told The Voice: “It was a really good night and I really enjoyed it.”

Her favourite star of the night was Carol Vorderman of Countdown fame. A Christian through and through, Icolyn is grateful to God for her award.

She said: “All these things that happen in my life I give thanks to God. It’s only God that could let it happen, and give me the strength to go on.”

Icolyn’s life is a reminder that age should not stop anyone from contributing positively to society – and she had a word of advice for her fellow senior citizens.

“Don’t sit around,” she said. “Get up and do something, because you have experience to help. Even doing something 10 minutes a day will help you.”

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