Prince William asks Cookstown’s Maud Kells ‘how’s your shoulder?’ as he awards OBE

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Cookstown pensioner Maud Kells said she was “delighted and honoured” to receive her OBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace last Thursday.

The 75-year-old was put forward for the honour as a result of her work in DR Congo in Africa, but mere days after her OBE was announced Maud was shot by a bandit at her home in Mulita.

Maud Kells showing off her OBE

Maud Kells showing off her OBE

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Against all the the odds the nurse survived her ordeal, and now well on her way to making a full recovery, flew to London to collect her OBE.

“It was a great honour and a great privilege to be there,” she said.

But true to her giving nature the ‘miracle’ woman said she would like to share it with the people of Cookstown.

“The people around Cookstown should be involved in this honour as well,” she explained, “because I wouldn’t have been out in Africa if God hadn’t called me and the folks around home hadn’t supported me and financed all the work that I was doing out there.

Maud with her sister Margaret, niece and her husband at Buckingham Palace

Maud with her sister Margaret, niece and her husband at Buckingham Palace

“The honour is not only to me but to all my family and supporters.”

See what she and Prince William talked about in next week’s Mail