Breakfast TV date for Leeds couple who are volunteering heroes

Marian and Keith Padbury enjoy a cuppa with Katherine Kelly on This Morning.
Marian and Keith Padbury enjoy a cuppa with Katherine Kelly on This Morning.
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Don’t talk to these two about heroes!

Despite dedicating their lives to helping their local pensioners, modest Marian and Keith Padbury – volunteers with Bramley Elderly Action (BEA) – are loath to be loaded with superlatives.

But the makers of ITV’s This Morning certainly didn’t agree, and selected the pair to feature on their new segment ‘Kelly’s Heroes’.

Hosted by Katherine Kelly, who played Becky in Coronation Street, it will showcase the extraordinary and selfless work of ordinary people across the UK.

On July 4, the Bramley grandparents will be seen working on various projects for BEA, with cameras following them throughout the day.

Marian, 69, said: “We are not heroes. There are lots of people just like us all over the country, doing the things we are doing.”

Despite her modesty, retired social worker Marian admitted it was “nice” to be picked.

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The couple spend most of their week helping out at BEA. Keith, 71, – who worked at the YEP’s parent company Yorkshire Post Newspapers for 45 years as a compositor – drives the charity’s minibus, taking pensioners to and from outings and group activities. Marian, meanwhile, provides companionship and support for the members.

Explaining their reasons for volunteering, Marian said: “This was always a joint project. I retired in 2007 and Keith in 2005. I had always been so busy and found it difficult to slow down. We just needed something to do really, and as I had worked with older people for years, it seemed natural. It’s very satisfying.”

Speaking of their TV debut, Marian added: “We had a surprise visit from Becky from Coronation Street! She was super.”

Programme researcher Sara Cogan said: “Keith and Marian were chosen because we wanted to celebrate the tireless and selfless work they do in the local community. We were bowled over by their kindness, humility and dedication, at an age when most are putting their feet up.”

Lee Ingham, manager of BEA, added: “We’re proud to see the fantastic work of Marian and Keith recognised, and they’re just two of our 150 brilliant volunteers.”