Accrington charity worker Dorothy McGregor has been immortalised after a street was named after her.
The former nun and nurse, who died last year, set up Maundy Relief to help those most vulnerable in the community and devoted up to 100 hours of her time to the charity each week.
Today, the centre is still used by hundreds of people seeking counselling, spiritual advice, food and small grants each year.
In tribute to the Dorothy, friends and family unveiled a street sign in her name outside the centre, on Abbey Street.
The first anniversary of Dorothy’s death was marked during a well-attended service at the Maundy Relief chapel, conducted by co-founder Rev Len Singleton.
It was followed by a reception at the centre and the unveiling of a street sign ‘Dorothy’s Way’ by her niece Clare O’Connor.
Maundy Relief centre manager, Lucy Hardwick, said it was a fitting tribute.
She said: “We had thought about dedicating a road in Hyndburn to Dorothy but she probably wouldn’t want that. When someone suggested this idea we thought it was a brilliant way to pay tribute to her.
“We’re really pleased with it and more than 100 people came to the unveiling and service on the day.
“It was really a lovely and I think Dorothy would have been proud that we are all still part of the community that she started.”
Dorothy died last May, aged 80, following a brave battle with oesophageal cancer. The flag on Accrington town hall was flown at half mast to mark her passing and hundreds of people celebrated her life during a funeral at St Anne’s Church and heartbroken charity workers vowed to carry on her work. Dorothy set up the Maundy Relief charity, on Abbey Street, with the Rev Len Singleton and Alan Freeman in 1998.
The charity reflected her beliefs of unconditional loving and provides counselling, spiritual advice, food and small grants to people in need.
Having enjoyed a varied career as a midwife, health visitor, and probation officer, Dorothy was awarded the Freedom of the Borough in 2001 at a civic carol service at St James Church, Accrington.
Maundy Relief is currently in desperate need of committed volunteers as part of its outreach service.