A MOTHER and daughter duo headed to Buckingham Palace’s garden party last week.

Marie Woolsey, 82, received an invite to the prestigious event having clocked up more than 40 years’ service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

From Monk Bretton, she started her work while living in Lytham St Anne’s having stumbled upon an information stall, but was integral in setting up Barnsley’s RNLI branch in 1990 when she moved back home.

She attended the party with her daughter, Sharon, and told the Chronicle it was a ‘proud day’.

“I’d recently received a long service medal so this was a real treat,” Marie added.

“Princess Anne was there but unfortunately we didn’t get to meet her, but we did get beautiful weather.

“It was just something I got hooked on when I joined the RNLI as a fundraiser and it’s something that’s stayed with me for most of my adult life.

“I couldn’t put a figure as to how much I’ve raised over the decades, but it’s been thoroughly enjoyable and the trip to Buckingham Palace was most definitely a proud day.”