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Meet the supergran who feeds 50 pensioners a week with veg from her allotment

Dena Murphy, 90, in her allotment in Manchester Credit: TSB Local Pride

Dena Murphy is a force of nature. Not only does she grow fresh fruit and veg to feed pensioners, but she has helped hundreds of young offenders get their lives back on track. And all at the age of 90.

  • Watch Teresa McMahon's report on Dena below

The great-gran spends up to three hours a day digging her allotment in New Moston, Manchester, where she has lived for 24 years.

But this is a patch with a difference. Dena uses her love of gardening to help young offenders learn new skills and repay their debt to society. So far, she has helped more than 300 young people complete community payback orders.

Earlier this year Dena’s extraordinary contribution was recognised at the Pride of Manchester Awards.

Dena received the TSB Community Partner Award - for people who help others so the community can thrive - at the star-studded event hosted by Kym Marsh at the historic Principal Hotel.

As well as providing an outlet for young offenders, the 23 types of fruit and veg that Dena grows provide a weekly lunch for around 50 local pensioners.

Dena also runs a takeaway service delivering meals to elderly people who are housebound.

She says:

A very wise man once said to me, ‘how many hands do you have?’ Two I replied. ‘And which one do you use most?’ he asked. My right, I replied. ‘In that case, that leaves you with your left hand to help others.’ I have never forgotten that.

Community is like a honeycomb. We are all the same in that we are all human, but each one works in a different way. And every cell has a different problems that need addressing.

– Dena Murphy

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