Royal first for Danderhall charity worker

James Malone, Edmonstone Road, Danderhall who received  Royal Maundy money from the Queen.
James Malone, Edmonstone Road, Danderhall who received Royal Maundy money from the Queen.

A Danderhall man has made history by becoming the first member of the Catholic Church in Scotland to receive a collection of Royal Maundy coins from The Queen.

James Malone (77), who lives at 70 Edmonston Road with his wife Mary, was presented with the award at York Minster Cathedral on Thursday.

The award was in recognition of his charity work – carried out over a period of 49 years – as a member of The St Vincent De Paul Society.

Much of James’s efforts have been spent on helping those who are less well off.

Based at units in Newtongrange and Edinburgh, he distributed white goods and furniture to families on low incomes. The big-hearted pensioner, who worships at St John Vianney Church in Gilmerton, also delivers food parcels to local households at Christmas.

Read full story in the April 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.