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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 08:12 GMT 09:12 UK
Disabled nun to meet Queen
The Queen
The Queen is to meet Sister Mary V Ni Dhuibne at Buckingham Palace
A Belfast nun who has helped elderly and disabled people in the city for many years is to meet the Queen.

Sister Mary V Ni Dhuibne, who is herself disabled, is to be presented with the keys of a new Motability car by the Queen at a tea party in Buckingham Palace.

It is one of a number of events being held this week to mark the Motability charity's silver jubilee.

Sister Ni Duibhne said she had not been expecting the invitation to Wednesday's party, but was really looking forward to it.

She said having a car had made an amazing difference to her life.

"It's absolutely wonderful because I can't get on a bus and I cannot get on a train, or carry things. I can just get in the car and go," she told BBC Radio Ulster.
Sister Mary V NI Dhuibne
Sister Mary V NI Dhuibne set for special tea party

"This gives me great independence."

She said she was thrilled to have been invited to the event, adding: "This is just amazing."

Motability was founded 25 years ago by the government as a voluntary, non-profit scheme to help disabled people with access to cars and powered wheelchairs.

People receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) can use that payment to wholly or partly finance the lease of a vehicle.

They are also given preferential insurance and servicing arrangements negotiated by the charity.

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